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Daytime Cares Plans New Virtual Event On December 5

(11/24/20) A host of stars will take part in the second Daytime Cares virtual event on Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m. benefiting the restaurant industry and its workers through Restaurant Strong (www.restaurantstrong.org). Hosts Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel, DAYS et al) will be joined by THE LOCHER ROOM host Alan Locher. Scheduled to appear are Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), Crishell Stause (ex-Jordan, DAYS), Laura Wright (Carly, GH), Wes Ramsey (Peter, GH), Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow, GH), Sofia Mattsson (Sasha, GH), Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, B&B), Marci Miller (Abigail, DAYS), Lamon Archey (Eli, DAYS), Sal Stowers (Lani, DAYS), Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS) and Paolo Seganti (ex-Damian, AS THE WORLD TURNS). Also participating are the leading ladies of Wicked and Phantom of the Opera from Broadway, celebrity chef Katie Chin, Lisa Loeb and Gloria Gaynor. The variety show that will be live-streamed on The Locher Room YouTube Channel and on Facebook.

‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Michael B. Jordan is joining OnlyFans for a cause

(11/24/20) (Video) Who knew People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2020 would be available on an adult-content website?

Michael B. Jordan announced that he will be joining the online photo-sharing platform OnlyFans with an account dedicated to his mustache during his recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“I never had time to actually sit in one place and grow my facial hair where I didn’t have to get it groomed, or manicured, or anything like that. So, during quarantine, I just wanted to see how much hair I could actually grow,” Jordan said, adding, “His name is Murphy. We call him Murph for short. Got an OnlyFans coming soon — eating fruit, all types of crazy stuff, it’s going to get wild.”

But Jordan, 33, would ultimately be doing it for a good cause.

“I’m actually going to start [an OnlyFans account,] but like all the proceeds I want to go towards a barber school because during the quarantine, you know, there’s been so many businesses and schools that shut down,” he said.

Kimmel laughed at the idea of Jordan’s mustache having its own account, adding that he would probably make $250,000 a year for it.

But joking aside, the “Black Panther: actor confirmed that he truly plans on launching the OnlyFans, saying, “Yeah, it’s a thing.”

Jordan will be joining dozens of other celebs with an OnlyFans account including Tyga, Cardi B, Bella Thorne, Amber Rose, Aaron Carter, Sonja Morgan, and more.

Dena Dietrich Dies: “Mother Nature” In Classic Margarine Commercials Was 91

(11/24/20) (Video) Dena Dietrich, a character actress who appeared in numerous TV shows and on Broadway but was instantly recognizable as the face of Mother Nature from a popular, long-running commercial campaign for Chiffon margarine, died Saturday, Nov. 21 of natural causes in a Los Angeles health care facility. She was 91.

Her death was confirmed by SAG-AFTRA in a statement honoring Dietrich’s service as a former SAG National Board member for nearly a decade.

With an impeccable delivery and a lightning shift in mood from matronly sweet to thunderous anger, Dietrich first uttered what would become a classic commercial catchphrase – “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!” – in 1971. The commercials, created by the D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles advertising agency, had Dietrich dressed in a diaphanous white gown and a daisy-chain laurel, test-tasting what she was sure to be her very own natural butter. Told by a narrator that she was actually eating Chiffon margarine, the character sternly replied with the catchphrase, accompanied by a thunderclap.

The commercial series ran for a decade and helped make Dietrich a very busy character actress on episodic TV throughout the 1990s and into the new century. Among her TV credits are The Mod Squad, Adam’s Rib, Karen, Welcome Back Kotter, The Ropers, Square Pegs, Life With Lucy, Thirtysomething, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, The Golden Girls, Sisters, Murphy Brown and Mad About You.

Among her later credits was a recurring role as Judge Ellen Armstrong on the Steven Bochco 2001 legal drama Philly. She also recurred on the soaps All My Children and Santa Barbara.

On Broadway, Dietrich played Pauline in the original 1971 production of Neil Simon’s The Prisoner of Second Avenue, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Peter Falk and Lee Grant. She also appeared in the notorious flop Here’s Where I Belong, a musical based on John Steinbeck’s East of Eden that opened and closed on March 3 1968.

Dietrich’s film credits include The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974), The Wild Party (1975) and Mel Brooks’ History of the World: Part I (1981), in which she played the handmaid Competence, delivering a memorable straight line to Madeline Kahn’s Empress Nympho.

Dietrich left no survivors.

All My Children - Reunion 12/2/20

(11/23/20) Tune in to The Locher Room on Wednesday, December 2 at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST to see Matt Borlenghi (Brian Bodine), William Christian (Derek Frye), James Kiberd (Trevor Dillon) and Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt) from All My Children. These four talented actors will reminisce about their time spent in Pine Valley and the many other projects their names have been associated with over the years. (Watch here)

Chrishell Stause Shares Her Dog’s Cancer Battle

(11/23/20) (soapsindepth.com) Anyone who follows daytime alum Chrishell Stause (ex-Jordan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Amanda, ALL MY CHILDREN) on social media knows just how much she loves her sweet pooch, Gracie. So the actress has an extra reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving, as Gracie is on the mend following a bout with canine cancer!

“Cause for celebration for Gracie!” the recent DANCING WITH THE STARS contestant said. “If you noticed a cone on her a few months ago, it’s because she had to have two cancer masses removed surgically.”

Stause went on to explain that her dog was diagnosed with carcinoma, a cancer so aggressive that Gracie had to undergo chemotherapy following the surgery. “After finishing her eight successful rounds, she is stronger and as playful as ever!” Stause exclaimed, thanking Gracie’s vet for their help as well as Burbank Animal Shelter, “where I found my puppy soulmate.”

The entire ordeal was so scary for Stause that she never even mentioned it on social media! “Dealing with this the last few months was something I kept private because I was too scared to think about what it might mean,” confessed the actress, who lost both of her parents to cancer. “But seeing her bounce back after treatment makes me want to remind you — if you feel lumps and bumps on your dog, go get them looked at! One vet told me it was probably nothing, but after noticing it getting bigger, I sought a second opinion, and thank God I did. She wouldn’t have had long with this aggressive type of cancer if left untreated.”

In an additional video she posted to Instagram, Stause cradled Gracie and confessed, “She is in, I guess you call it remission, just like people. But she is done with her chemo!”

We are so glad to hear that sweet Gracie has that pep back in her step!

Dishing with Digest - 11/20/20 - Real Andrews

(11/20/20) (Listen / download) On the new Dishing With Digest, Réal Andrews (Taggert) opens up about the personal demons he’s conquered since his last stint in Port Charles, his close friendship with Maurice Benard (Sonny) and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about how soaps manage to fake intimacy in the age of Covid.

Nominations For Inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards

(11/19/20) The show airs Sunday, January 10, 2021 on the CW as a two-hour special at 8 pm ET/PT.

BEST VILLAIN IN A MOVIE
Jim Carrey – Sonic The Hedgehog (Paramount)
Katherine Langford – Spontaneous (Paramount)
Kathryn Newton – Freaky (Universal)
Martin Short and Jane Krakowski – The Willoughbys (Netflix)
J.K. Simmons – Palm Springs (Hulu)
Hilary Swank – The Hunt (Universal)

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION SERIES
Daveed Diggs – Snowpiercer (TNT)
Andrew Koji – Warrior (Cinemax)
Logan Lerman – Hunters (Amazon)
Alexander Ludwig – Vikings (History)
Shemar Moore – S.W.A.T. (CBS)
Al Pacino – Hunters (Amazon)

BEST ACTOR IN A HORROR SERIES
Jensen Ackles – Supernatural (The CW)
Mike Colter – Evil (CBS)
Michael Emerson – Evil (CBS)
Jonathan Majors – Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Ben Mendelsohn – The Outsider (HBO)
Jared Padalecki – Supernatural (The CW)
Michael K. Williams – Lovecraft Country (HBO)

BEST VILLAIN IN A SERIES
Tom Ellis – Lucifer (Netflix)
Abbey Lee – Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Samantha Morton – The Walking Dead (AMC)
Sarah Paulson – Ratched (Netflix)
Antony Starr – The Boys (Amazon)
Finn Wittrock – Ratched (Netflix).

Michael Graziadei guests & Obba Babatundé recurs on S.W.A.T. 11/25/20

(11/19/20) “Memento Mori” – The SWAT team searches for a rogue member of an extremist group planning to attack the memorial service of a famous musician who was outspoken about police brutality. Also, tension mounts between Hondo and Leroy (Michael Beach), Darryl’s (Deshae Frost) father, when Leroy is released from prison early, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 25 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RECURRING CAST: Obba Babatunde (Daniel Harrelson, Sr.), Deshae Frost (Darryl)

GUEST CAST includes: Michael Beach (Leroy), Michael Graziadei (Mitch), Joyce Guy (Jillian).

Michael B. Jordan named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by PEOPLE magazine

(11/18/20) Actor Michael B. Jordan has been crowned as 2020?s Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.

Jordan, known for his critically-acclaimed performances in “Fruitvale Station,” “Creed” and “Black Panther,” was revealed as this year’s winner Tuesday night on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

The actor tells the magazine in an issue out Friday that the honor is a “cool feeling.”

“You know, everybody always made that joke, like, ‘Mike, this is the one thing you’re probably not going to get,’” he said. “But it’s a good club to be a part of.”

Other recent winners include John Legend, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum and David Beckham.

The 33-year-old Jordan said the women in his family are “definitely proud of this one.” He credits his entire family for supporting him throughout the years.

“When my grandmother was alive, it was something that she collected, and then my mom naturally reads it a lot and my aunts as well,” Jordan said. “This is one that they’re definitely going to have a special place for.”

Jordan’s steady rise has come through strong performances on television on series “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights.” He made his mark in film as police shooting victim Oscar Grant in “Fruitvale Station,” boxer Adonis Creed in the “Rocky” sequels “Creed” and “Creed II” along with his stellar work as Erik Killmonger in the record-breaking “Black Panther.”

Along with his acting endeavors, Jordan has championed change behind the scenes in Hollywood. He started his own production company, Outlier Society Productions, which was among the first to embrace the inclusion rider, adopting the pledge to seek diverse casts and crews.

Jordan has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement and vocal about early voting registration for this year’s election.

“I think there’s a time and a place for everything,” he said. “I’ve been picking my moments to make the most impact. We can all take action — big or small — to help create the change we want to see.”

In 10 years, Jordan hopes to direct and produce more than taking on acting roles.

“Just growing, whatever the next evolution of me is,” said the actor, who will star as a former Navy SEAL-turned-CIA operative in Tom Clancy’s “Without Remorse.” “Hopefully a family by then, I’m going to throw that in the universe. I want to make an impact all over the world and not just through the roles that I play.”

Video: Beverlee McKinsey Tribute Chat 11/16/20

(11/16/20) (Video) Watch The Locher Room for a very special tribute to one of the greatest actresses to ever grace our daytime television screens, Beverlee McKinsey. Joining the chat were Beverlee's son, Scott McKinsey along with her co-stars Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding), Jay Hammer (Fletcher Reade) and Vincent Irizarry (Brandon Lujack Luvonaczek).

Video: The Bay Season 6 Chat

(11/13/20) (Video) Cast members of the Emmy Award-winning digital series, The Bay, joined The Locher Room on Friday, November 13th. Watch Kristos Andrews (Pete Garrett), Brandon Beemer (Evan Blackwell), Mary Beth Evans (Sara Garrett), Eric Nelsen (Daniel Garrett), and Jackie Zeman (Sofia Madison), as they share previews of Season 6 which just kicked-off on Tuesday, November 10th as well as share their memories of working in daytime and other TV and film projects.

William DeVry Wraps As Julian on General Hospital

(11/12/20) Canadian actor William DeVry posted a photo of himself leaving the General Hospital Studio Lot today as he wrapped up a 7 year run as fan favorite and bad guy Julian Jerome. See the post below: (Photo) @WilliamdeVry1: Much love to @valentinifrank @GeneralHospital @NancyLeeGrahn @dom_zamprogna @lldubs @phideaux_xavier @GenieFrancis @kinshriner @haleypullos @RealEdenMccoy @_lexiainsworth & everyone 4 all the last 7 years. Fans MADE #Julexis & Julian. 4ever.

Kim Delaney To Star In Lifetime Movie ‘The Long Island Serial Killer’; Deborah Norville To Exec Produce

(11/12/20) Emmy winner Kim Delaney has been tapped to star in Lifetime original movie The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice, the network’s latest addition to its winter “Ripped from the Headlines” slate.

The movie is inspired by the emotional story of Mari Gilbert, played by Delaney, a mother whose daughter’s disappearance led to the discovery of 19 bodies, many of which are believed to have been murdered by an unidentified Long Island serial killer. The film follows her relentless pursuit for answers and the truth. Emmy-winning journalist Deborah Norville, who covered Gilbert’s story as anchor for Inside Edition, will executive produce. The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice is scheduled to premiere winter 2021 on Lifetime.

“Mari Gilbert singlehandedly brought closure to families who never knew what happened to their missing sisters and daughters,” said Norville. “To law enforcement, she was ‘just a mom,’ but her tenacity led to the discovery of a serial killer who may still be roaming free. The incomparable Kim Delaney makes the anguish and anger of Mari Gilbert palpable for the viewer. Watching her performance and that of the entire cast is simply thrilling.”

Written by John Pielmeier (Agnes of God, The Capture of the Green River Killer), the movie tells the story of Mari Gilbert’s search for the truth behind what happened to her daughter Shannan, a sometime escort who disappeared after a ‘date’ on Long Island. After Shannan, played by Katharine Isabelle, fails to come home, her mother Mari knows something is terribly wrong. Pleading to police to take her concerns seriously, she keeps pushing the police for answers. Mari’s insistence that her daughter not be overlooked eventually leads to a horror hidden on Long Island for more than a decade – 19 bodies of young women discovered buried in shallow graves along Ocean Parkway in the area of Jones Beach State Park.

“Though the search for the killer is still ongoing, Mari’s passionate dedication to giving her daughter and other forgotten women a voice, and the attention they deserve, has kept the case alive with hopes of a breakthrough soon,” the network said.

The movie also digs deep into the murders, including Shannan’s, that have gone unsolved.

In addition to Delaney, Eugene Clark (The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel) also joins the cast as private investigator “Herc” Zinneman.

The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice is produced by Lighthouse Pictures, with Sony Pictures Television distributing. Norville and Elizabeth Stephen executive produce.

Delaney, who began her career on ABC’s All My Children, recently returned to daytime television with a role on ABC drama General Hospital. She portrays Jackie Templeton, the character previously played by Demi Moore (1982-1984). Delaney is best known for her Emmy-winning role as Detective Diane Russell on ABC’s NYPD Blue. She also recurs on NBC’s Chicago Fire.

Norville is a two-time Emmy Award winner and anchor of syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition. She also is the executive producer of the television crime series Executed with Deborah Norville and Exposed with Deborah Norville, both of which air on Reelz. Norville also is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestselling Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You.

OWN Sets Three Holiday Movies Starring Vivica A. Fox, Jackée Harry, Lamman Rucker, Meagan Holder, Idara Victor, Tonea Stewart

(11/10/20) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has expanded its holiday season programming with three new original Christmas movies set to air over three consecutive Tuesdays in December.

A Christmas For Mary, starring Vivica A. Fox and Jackée Harry, will premiere on December 8; followed by Cooking Up Christmas, starring Greenleaf’s Lamman Rucker and Meagan Holder on December 15; and First Christmas, starring Idara Victor and Tonea Stewart, will premiere on December 22. The movies join the previously announced Our OWN Christmas gospel music special hosted by Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin which airs on Tuesday, December 1 at 9 PM ET/PT.

OWN last year made its first foray into original holiday movies, which do well viewership-wise, especially among women who are OWN’s core demographic.

“Following the overwhelming success of our inaugural holiday movie slate last year, we’re excited to announce all-new movies with heartwarming storylines the whole family can enjoy,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “We hope that viewers will continue to make watching our movies together a part of their ongoing holiday traditions.”

Here are details about OWN’s holiday movies:

A Christmas For Mary premieres Tuesday, December 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Vivica A. Fox stars with Jackée Harry and Morgan Dixon (Being Mary Jane) in a holiday tale of rediscovery and renewal when up-and-coming journalist Lena Jones (Dixon) is tasked with delivering a story by Christmas that will wow her boss, magazine editor Vivian Vaye (Fox), who is dangling a promotion to head writer over Lena’s head. Intrigued by a portrait of a mysterious woman painted by her late grandfather, Lena journeys to the small town of Pineville, where with her mother, Deborah’s (Harry) blessing and support, Lena uncovers a long-ago forgotten tale of young love that not only uncovers cherished memories of the past, but also inspires Lena to follow her heart and find her own true love … and her perfect Christmas story. A Christmas For Mary is produced for OWN by Hybrid and executive produced by Vivica A. Fox in association with Harpo Films.

Cooking Up Christmas premieres Tuesday, December 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Meagan Holder (Pitch) stars in this family-centric holiday story as Chloe, an Atlanta-based chef at a fine dining restaurant who gets fired just weeks before Christmas and reluctantly takes a job with pro baseball player Donovan Jackson (Rucker), who is a single dad of three needing a live-in-chef to get him through the holidays with the kids. Chloe only takes the job in order to save up enough capital to live out her dream of opening her own restaurant, but soon finds herself caught up in the ups and downs of the Jacksons encounter during her residency. Throughout the holiday season in the Jackson household the importance of family and Chloe’s good Southern cooking are two constants that remain. As Christmas comes to an end, Chloe discovers that her lifelong dream might finally come true… and that her heart has a mind of its own. Cooking Up Christmas also stars Jen Harper and Laparee Young from OWN’s Greenleaf and Lindsey Amani Blackwell from OWN’s David Makes Man. Cooking Up Christmas is produced for OWN by MarVista in association with Harpo Films. Executive produced by Roger M. Bobb, Lamman Rucker, Megan Ellstrom, Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew.

First Christmas premieres Tuesday, December 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Given up for adoption and placed in foster care at a young age, writer Halle Downing (Victor, Alita: Battle Angel) receives the blessing of a lifetime when she is invited to spend Christmas in New Orleans with the biological family she never knew she had – The Moores. Halle’s grandmother “Memaw” (Stewart, A Time to Kill) welcomes the young woman with open arms, completely overwhelming Halle with emotion at the significance of finally finding her family. Extremely excited to meet her twin siblings Tiffany (Samantha Smith, Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins) and Glenn (Mason Beauchamp, NCIS: New Orleans) along with younger brother Drew (Peyton Jackson, Nobody’s Fool) for the first time, Halle soon faces the hard reality that finding her place in this close-knit family is going to take longer than she thought, something that becomes particularly evident when she witnesses Tiffany’s apprehension about introducing her new girlfriend Paris (Amanda Tavarez, Queen Sugar) to the family for the first time. However, as Christmas approaches, Halle begins to gain perspective on the Moore family dynamic and ultimately comes to embrace and celebrate her first family holiday with a special gift that tells her she is right where she is supposed to be. First Christmas is produced for OWN by MarVista in association with Harpo Films. Executive produced by Tia Mowry, Tiegen Kosiak, Todd Y. Murata, Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew.

The Bay Season 6 Chat 11/13/20

(11/9/20) Cast members of the Emmy Award-winning digital series, The Bay, will join The Locher Room on Friday, November 13th at 3 p.m. EST. / 12 p.m. PST. Don't miss Kristos Andrews (Pete Garrett), Brandon Beemer (Evan Blackwell), Mary Beth Evans (Sara Garrett), Eric Nelsen (Daniel Garrett), and Jackie Zeman (Sofia Madison), live as they share previews of Season 6 which just kicked-off on Tuesday, November 10th as well as share their memories of working in daytime and other TV and film projects. (Watch here)

Chrishell Stause addresses ‘unfortunate rumors’ about her role in ‘DWTS’ partner’s split

(11/6/20) Chrishell Stause is shooting down rumors that she’s had anything to do with her “Dancing With the Stars” partner Gleb Savchenko’s split from his wife Elena Samodanova.

“I am so saddened about the news of Gleb and Elena’s split,” Stause, 39, wrote on Instagram Friday night. “It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life. Having gone through a public split myself, I would not wish this on anyone,” she continued.

Stause’s estranged husband, “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley, filed for divorce in November 2019 after two years of marriage; Stause claims that Hartley, 43, made the split via text message.

“As you can imagine, the countless hours of training, and dance rehearsals has created a strong supportive friendship, but nothing more,” the “Selling Sunset” star added. “I wish nothing but the best for both Gleb and Elena during this unfortunate time.”

Samodanova, 36, announced that she and Savchenko, 37, were splitting via social media on Friday. The two married in 2006 and have two children, daughters Olivia and Zlata.

Page Six reported that Savchenko and Stause were “the talk of the set” during their eight weeks on “Dancing With the Stars,” but that they had a blowout fight at one point that left Stause too upset to do post-show press, with Savchenko sending her flowers afterward.

‘DWTS’ pro Gleb Savchenko gets flirty with Chrishell Stause amid his divorce

(11/6/20) “Dancing with the Stars” pro Gleb Savchenko has been getting flirty with his on-screen partner Chrishell Stause amid his split from his wife, Page Six has exclusively learned.

Elena Samodanova, 36, announced that she and Savchenko were parting ways on social media on Friday. They got married in 2006 and share two children, daughters Olivia and Zlata.

“After 14 years of marriage with my deepest sadness out road is coming to the end,” she wrote on her Instagram Story, also posting to her feed, “i don’t hate you. i’m just disappointed you turned into everything you said you’d never be.”

Savchenko later posted to his Instagram, “It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my wife and I are parting ways after 14 years of marriage. We still intend to co-parent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly, and we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them.”

But a source told Page Six that Savchenko, 37, and Stause, 39, who made it to week eight together on “DWTS” before they were eliminated, were the talk of the set and that they had a big fight a few weeks ago.

We’re also told the “Selling Sunset” star was so upset that she couldn’t do press after the show and that the fight resulted in Savchenko sending Stause flowers.

Meanwhile, Stause’s estranged husband, “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley, filed for divorce in November 2019 after two years of marriage.

Stause claims that Hartley, 43, broke up with her via text message.

“I know people are saying we were only married two years, but it’s like, we were together for six years … in a fight, that’s his go-to, you know? Like, ‘I’m out, I’m out.’ I hate that kind of impulsive stuff, but I always just thought, you know, that’s just an issue that we work through it,” she said in an episode of her Netflix show at the time.

“If that’s really what you wanted, there are better ways to go about [it],” she continued. “I talked to him right after ’cause I thought that must be a joke, but that was kind of the end of the communication. What am I supposed to say? What do you say after that? It’s like, now I have to find a place to live. Now I have to scramble and figure this out, you know?”

Savchenko’s rep declined to comment and Stause’s rep did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

Dishing with Digest - 11/6/20 - Nadia Bjorlin

(11/6/20) (Listen / download) This week Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) talks about her journey from DAYS ingenue to vet, shares the story of her first screen test for ALL MY CHILDREN — and kissing Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) — and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the 45th anniversary of the magazine and the latest casting changes.

Video: Live's All My Children Reunion

(11/5/20) LIVE! WITH KELLY AND RYAN hosted Mark Consuelos (Mateo), Eva LaRue (Maria), Walt Willey (Jack), Dondre Whitfield (Terrence), Finola Hughes (Alex/Anna), Cameron Mathison (Ryan) and Susan Lucci (Erica): Part 1, (Part 2, Part 3.

Mel Boudrot Dies: Former SAG New York President & Commercials Voice Actor Was 87

(11/3/20) Mel Boudrot, former president of the New York branch of the Screen Actors Guild and national board member, has died. He was 87. The guild said today that he died October 29 in Englewood, NJ..

Boudrot had recurring roles on daytime’s All My Children and The Doctors but perhaps was best known as a commercial voice-over artist and union activist. He served as a SAG national board member from 1988-99, as the union’s second and fourth vice presidents, and as president of the New York branch from 1995-99.

“Mel Boudrot truly wanted to make a difference in all that he did,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “When it came to his union, Mel stepped up and served wherever he was needed, with experience, passion and a spark in his eye. Our thoughts are with his wife, Jane, and his family at this time.”

Born on December 13, 1932, in Boston, Boudrot served as a trustee for the SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Player Welfare Fund up until his death, and was a former SAG Foundation board member, trustee of the Actors Federal Credit Union trustee, and proctor on the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Scholarship Committee. Throughout the 1990s, he took part in more than two dozen SAG local and national committees, including Commercials Negotiating, Communications, Finance, Awards, Legislative and New Technologies.

He played Father Tierney on All My Children in a handful of episodes between 1978-91 and District Attorney Darryl E. Harrigan on The Doctors a half-century ago. His distinctive voice could be heard on ads for Heineken, Lufthansa, Burger King, IBM, Dunkin’ Donuts and many others.

“Mel was a mentor and a friend to so many in the industry, and we honor his commitment to his fellow union members, which continued up to his passing,” said SAG-AFTRA EVP and New York Local president Rebecca Damon. “We will miss him beyond belief and are so grateful for the work he did that has shaped SAG-AFTRA for generations to come. Mel and his wife, Jane, were avid sailors and we wish him fair winds.”

He is survived by Jane Boudrot, his wife of 65 years; sons Mark and Jon; granddaughters Alix, and Clara, and great grandchildren Everett and Josie.

Search for Tomorrow - Reunion 11/10/20 - Maree Cheatham, Michael Corbett and Marcia McCabe

(11/3/20) Maree Cheatham (Stephanie Wyatt), Michael Corbett (Warren Carter) and Marcia McCabe (Sunny Adamson) from Search for Tomorrow will join The Locher Room on Tuesday, November 10th at 3 p.m. EST. Search for Tomorrow began its run on CBS on September 3, 1951, and concluded on NBC, 35 years later, on December 26, 1986. Join us as we look back and reminisce with these Henderson residents. (Watch here)

Chrishell Stause on How Her 'Therapeutic' Experience on 'DWTS' Helped Her Heal

(11/3/20) Chrishell Stause's remarkable journey on Dancing With the Stars has sadly come to an end.

During Monday's "Use Your Vote" Night, the Selling Sunset star and her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, were eliminated from the dance competition after judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough unanimously saved the other couple in the bottom two -- Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten -- from going home.

Speaking with ET just moments after the show wrapped, Chrishell and Gleb reacted to the bittersweet news, while also reflecting on the special bond they've formed over the past eight weeks.

"We knew this was gonna happen at one point," Chrishell told ET's Lauren Zima. "At this point I just feel like everyone is so great. Everyone is giving 100 percent. And so it really did feel like anyone could go, and it would be shocking whoever went home."

"Honestly, I was shocked," added Gleb, before celebrating Chrishell's efforts. "But it doesn't matter. I'm so proud of you. You're my champ."

As #TeamSellingIt fans witnessed, Chrishell signed on to DWTS following an incredibly tumultuous time in her life. In addition to her highly-publicized divorce from This Is Us star Justin Hartley, the actress' parents, father Jeff and mother Renee, both died from lung cancer just over a year apart. Her father died in April 2019, while Chrishell lost her mom in July of this year.

Reflecting on how much joy and emotional growth the show has brought her, Chrishell said, "I feel like this show has been very therapeutic. We worked through so many things through this."

According to the reality star, being a part of DWTS is opening up about your personal life for the cameras, even when you'd rather not. But being pushed to confront your own emotions helped her grow in ways she didn't expect.

"We're in week eight, so I've had to talk about things that I didn't necessarily want to talk about, and I've had to push myself," she shared. "In doing that, it's just freed me up a little bit."

"I know it should be a sad moment right now, because of course I didn't want to leave, but I'm so happy that I've had this experience and I'm so grateful," she continued. "It's a once in a lifetime experience and I'll never forget it."

Chrishell and Gleb also reflected on Jeannie Mai's unfortunate exit from DWTS, after she had to undergo emergency surgery on her throat and was required to drop out of the competition.

"She's always one of those people who gave all her heart and soul every single week, so it was one of those moments where it just really felt so sad to see her go, because she really wanted to be here," Chrishell said. "Like me, I really wanted to be here. And unfortunately we got eliminated, but at least we got eliminated through the dance. So to get eliminated in that way is so heartbreaking -- more so than in the way that we did."

"Our hearts go out to her. We want her to heal up as fast as possible and we love her," she added.

After Monday's show, ET also spoke with Bruno Tonioli, who opened up about why the judged unanimously voted to save Skai when it came down to the elimination.

"It’s very hard and it’s going to get hard, but we all thought, overall, Skai was the better dancer," Bruno explained. "It’s not just based on tonight, it’s based on what she has achieved so far and what she can achieve in the future."

"I’m telling you, I could watch Chrishell any time. I want my sexy back!" he continued. "Personally, I’m going to miss her so much. But going forward, we all kind of agreed that Skai deserved to carry on."

It's clear this season's DWTS contestants have really upped the ante with their talent level, as there's arguably no clear frontrunner moving into week nine of the competition. When ET asked Bruno if this is the closest season ever, he agreed, saying, "Ever!"

"Because usually we are like 'Oh yeah, this one [contestant] is taking off,'" he said. "But like this season, one week, Johnny [Weir]'s like top of the leaderboard, then he gets it wrong. It happens every week and it's so unpredictable. But actually, it's exciting!"

Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. In the meantime, tune into Entertainment Tonight this week to hear more from Chrishell, Gleb and their fellow season 29 contestants. Check your local listings.d

LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated

(10/30/20) Thursday, Nov. 5 – Today on “Live,” two special television reunions: “All My Children” stars EVA LaRUE, SUSAN LUCCI, FINOLA HUGHES, CAMERON MATHISON, WALT WILLEY, and DONDRE WHITFIELD speak about their time on the iconic soap opera; and FAITH FORD and TED McGINLEY share memories of working with Kelly on “Hope & Faith.” Plus, “Live” celebrates Kelly’s 30th anniversary with The Walt Disney Company.

'Blackout’: Josh Duhamel, Abbie Cornish, Nick Nolte & Omar Chaparro To Star In Mexico City-Set Action-Thriller

(10/29/20) Josh Duhamel (Transformers: The Last Knight), Abbie Cornish (Jack Ryan), three-time Oscar nominee Nick Nolte (Warrior) and Mexican mega-star Omar Chaparro (Pokémon Detective Pikachu) are to star in the action movie Blackout, which is set to get underway tomorrow in Mexico City.

Blackout will follow Cain (Duhamel), who wakes up in a Mexican hospital with no memory. After meeting Anna (Cornish), he discovers who he is but soon finds himself fighting for his life as several warring cartel factions attack him, each looking for something he has stolen. Cain looks towards co-worker and mentor, DEA Agent McCoy (Nolte), for answers.

The Patriot Pictures (Synchronic) feature will be directed by Sam Macaroni (Guest House), director of the VR fight sequences on John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Script comes from Van B. Nguyen. XYZ will launch world sales at the upcoming American Film Market.

Producers are Michael Mendelsohn from Patriot Pictures and Jim Steele. Natalie Perrotta, Joe Mundo and Santiago Garcia Galvan will be executive producers. Kimberly Hines is co-producing and Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital Management is fully financing. The production will be following SAG COVID-19 protocols.

Patriot Pictures’ development slate includes the Anthony Hopkins Mike Tyson boxing movie Cus and Mike and My Only Sunshine with J.K. Simmons.

Duhamel is repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management. Cornish is repped by Authentic Talent and Literary Management. Nolte is represented by CAA. Macaroni is repped by WME and Barnes, Morris, Yorn.

Michael Mendelsohn’s Patriot Pictures and Union Patriot Capital Management are represented by Anne Jordan and Ryan Webb of Greenberg and Glusker.

Y&R’s Vilasuso And Soap Alums Take Part In ESSENTIAL HEROES: A MOMENTO LATINO Event

(10/26/20) Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) will be live tweeting tonight during CBS’s ESSENTIAL HEROES: A MOMENTO LATINO event, which will feature soap alums Eva Longoria (ex-Isabelle, Y&R) and Ricky Martin (ex-Miguel, GH). The show, which airs at 9:00 p.m. ET, will celebrate America’s diversity with a focus on Latinx culture. Vilasuso tweeted, “So looking forward to this! Let’s do this twitter familia!” along with a video invitation here.

Debbi Morgan in MERRY LIDDLE CHRISTMAS WEDDING

(10/24/20) CAST: Kelly Rowland, Thomas Cadrot, Debbi Morgan, Bresha Webb, Latonya Williams, Jaime M. Callica, Nathan Witte, Chris Shields

PREMISE: Lifetime’s first-ever Christmas sequel to last year’s hit movie, Merry Liddle Christmas, Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding once again follows Jacquie Liddle (Kelly Rowland), as she and Tyler try to plan their perfect destination Christmas wedding. Naturally, Jacquie’s plans go awry when her boisterous family intervenes in her planning and her snooty wedding planner quits in protest. While nothing goes as initially planned, Jacquie and Tyler get a Christmas wedding more memorable than they could have ever dreamed.

PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 28 (8/7c) on Lifetime.

Natalie Hall & Tracey E. Bregman in A VERY CHARMING CHRISTMAS TOWN

(10/24/20) CAST: Natalie Hall, Jon Prescott, Kelley Jakle, Jo Marie Payton, Tracey E. Bregman

PREMISE: City girl and travel and lifestyle blogger, Aubrey Lang (Natalie Hall), goes to the little town of Solvang for her next holiday vlog piece after it’s voted Most Christmassy Town in the USA. She soon meets Sawyer Larsen (Jon Prescott), a local community coordinator and chocolate shop owner assigned to show her around the small town. At first, the unlikely pairing is at odds but soon start to fall for each other amidst the twinkling lights of the romantic little Danish village.

PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 8 (8/7c) on Lifetime.

Video: Guiding Light - Reunion - Judi Evans and Vincent Irizarry

(10/22/20) (Video) Guiding Light's Judi Evans (Beth Raines) and Vincent Irizarry (Lujack Luvonaczek) joined The Locher Room on Thursday, October 22nd. These two Emmy Award-winning actors shared memories of their time in Springfield as one of our favorite supercouples.

Christmas on the Square Trailer: Netflix Musical Features Angelic Vocals by Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski

(10/22/20) (Video) Dolly Parton attempts to unite the haves and the have nots and salvage the holiday season (through song!) in the full-length trailer for Netflix’s Christmas on the Square, which the streaming service released Thursday.

The upcoming musical — premiering on Sunday, Nov. 22 — centers on Regina Fuller (The Good Fight‘s Christine Baranski), “a rich and nasty woman [who] returns to her small hometown after her father’s death to evict everyone and sell the land to a mall developer, right before Christmas,” according to the official logline. “However, after listening to stories of the local townsfolk, reconnecting with an old love (Everwood‘s Treat Williams), and accepting the guidance of an actual angel (played by Parton), Regina starts to have a change of heart.”

The film, which features 14 original songs by Parton, was directed and choreographed by three-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner Debbie Allen. The cast also includes Jenifer Lewis (black-ish), Josh Segarra (Arrow), Mary Lane Haskell (Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors), Jeanine Mason (Roswell, New Mexico), Matthew Johnson (of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) and Selah Kimbro Jones (Star).

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square is part of Netflix’s “Here for the Holidays” lineup, which consists of more than 30 Christmas movies, TV shows and specials set to debut between late October and mid-December. This year’s titles include Holidate (starring Scream Queens‘ Emma Roberts), Operation Christmas Drop (led by The Vampire Diaries‘ Kat Graham) and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (featuring Godfather of Harlem‘s Forest Whitaker). Also on tap are sequels to fan-favorites The Christmas Chronicles and The Princess Switch.

Anna Maria Horsford Guests on The Connors 11/4/20

(10/21/20) “Plastics, Trash Talk & Darlene Antoinette” – Darlene isolates herself from her co-workers at Wellman Plastics, leaving them with the impression she is an elitist snob, while Louise decides to teach Harris an expensive life lesson. Jackie has invested everything she has into The Lunch Box and is determined to keep the restaurant running no matter what, leaving some family members to question her actions, on “The Conners,” airing WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EST), on ABC. (TV-14, DL) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

The series stars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy, Jayden Rey as Mary Conner and Jay R. Ferguson as Ben.

Guest starring is Katey Sagal as Louise, Anna Maria Horsford as Nicole and Evelina Fernandez as Juanita.

“Plastics, Trash Talk & Darlene Antoinette” was written by Dave Caplan and directed by Jody Margolin Hahn.

Video: All My Children - 10/20/20 - Laurence Lau and Darnell Williams

(10/20/20) (Video) All My Children's Laurence Lau (Greg Nelson) and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard) will joined The Locher Room on Tuesday, October 20th. The duo shared memories of their time in Pine Valley and so much more.

Guiding Light Reunion - Judi Evans and Vincent Irizarry

(10/15/20) Guiding Light's Judi Evans (Beth Raines) and Vincent Irizarry (Lujack Luvonaczek) will join The Locher Room on Wednesday, October 21st at 3 p.m. EST. These two Emmy Award-winning actors will share memories of their time in Springfield as one of our favorite supercouples. (Watch here)

Chris L. McKenna & Obba Babatundé Recur on S.W.A.T. 11/11/20

(10/14/20) “3 Seventeen Year Olds” – Hondo, his father Daniel Sr. (Obba Babatundé) and his teen charge Darryl (Deshae Frost) confront the history of racial tension in Los Angeles between law enforcement and the Black community, through flashbacks to the city in 1992 following the Rodney King verdict. Also, the SWAT team pursues El Diablo’s scattered drug cartel hiding in the city and a Jihadist group detonating bombs in coordinated attacks, in the first part of the two-hour fourth season premiere of S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Guest stars include Donald Dash as 17-year-old Hondo and Rico E. Anderson as younger Daniel Sr. Episode written by executive producer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas.

“Stakeout” – The SWAT team acts as a domestic surveillance unit for the CIA to confirm whether an international crime lord has resurfaced in Los Angeles after being off-grid for years. Also, Tan’s mother, Chan Fei (Susan Chuang), is a victim of racial discrimination, and Hondo encounters his ex-girlfriend Nichelle (Rochelle Aytes), for the first time since their breakup, in the second part of the two-hour fourth season premiere of S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RECURRING CAST:
Bre Blair (Annie Kay)
Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr.)
Deshae Frost (Darryl)
Rochelle Aytes (Nichelle)
Susan Chuang (Chan Fei)
Chris L. McKenna (DEA Agent Simons)
David Gautreaux (Edward Yannick).

Talk Show Appearance

(10/10/20) TAMRON HALL, syndicated

Fr 10/16: Chrishell Stause

All My Children Chat - Laurence Lau and Darnell Williams

(10/8/20) The Locher Room will reunite former ALL MY CHILDREN alums Laurence Lau (ex-Greg) and Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse) for a virtual interview on the YouTube show. The actors will reminisce about their time in Pine Valley on October 20 at 3 p.m. ET. (Watch here)

Ben Jorgensen Dead: ‘All My Children’ Star Dies at 51

(10/8/20) Ben Jorgensen, known for his role as gay teenager Kevin Sheffield on All My Children in the 1990s, has died at the age of 51 from suicide, his friend said in a Facebook post. In his professional career, Jorgensen also went by the name Ben Monk.

According to Jorgensen’s IMDb page, he played the role of Kevin Sheffield on All My Children between 1995 and 1998. In 1995, Jorgensen appeared in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Basketball Diaries.

Brian Gaskill, who played the role of Bobby Warner on the now-defunct soap, broke the news late on October 6. Gaskill wrote in his Facebook post, “My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details.” Gaskill paid tribute to Jorgensen’s “courage to play a gay teenager” when “it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today.” In addition to being part of an award-winning storyline, Gaskill wrote, “mostly we just had some good times back then.”

Another friend said that Jorgensen took his own life in his mother’s home in the United Kingdom, while another said, “His mental suffering is now over and I hope he is at peace.” That friend added, “Ben’s non-stop creativity, excitement, and absurdity never stopped.”

In the same year as The Basketball Diaries, Jorgensen appeared in the movie The Break alongside screen legend Martin Sheen. Jorgensen said in a 2019 interview with Greenpointers.com that the movie was poorly received by critics and as a result was not widely distributed. Jorgensen said, “I flew to Miami for the premiere with Rae Dawn Chong and the movie had limited distribution for one sad weekend.”

AMC Networks-Backed UMC To Launch Thriller ‘Terror Lake Drive’ At Thanksgiving

(10/8/20) UMC is preparing its thriller Terror Lake Drive starring Empire and Designated Survivor’s Malik Yoba for a Thanksgiving premiere.

The AMC Networks-backed streamer will launch the limited series, which was created by Blackout director Jerry LaMothe and Kajuana S. Marie (Data.Love.Repeat), on Thursday November 26.

UMC said that six-part series Terror Lake Drive was the first official series greenlit by SAG-AFTRA and the state of Georgia to commence principal photography following the start of the pandemic. It kicked off production in Atlanta on June 29.

Terror Lake Drive is a suspenseful drama that follows a single mother from Baltimore who – on the heels of a recent pandemic and growing social unrest – relocates to Atlanta in an attempt to dodge her troubled past. As she settles into her new surroundings, she soon discovers that there are some things she can never run away from.

Starring alongside Shannon Kane (The Originals), Donielle T. Hansley Jr. (Charm City Kings) and Lamman Rucker (Greenleaf) star alongside Yoba.

Terror Lake Drive is directed by LaMothe, who also serves as executive producer alongside Marie, and Jumaane Ford under LaMothe’s J. LaMothe Entertainment banner. Samad Davis serves as producer for Visionary Media, Inc. with Dianne Ashford serving as line producer for the series.

“The process of navigating production on our new releases has been challenging but with Jerry’s adaptability and the guidance of SAG-AFTRA, we were able to implement the protections necessary to safely get back to work,” said Nikki Love, UMC’s VP of Production & Development. “Terror Lake Drive introduces a thrilling level of suspense not yet showcased in our original programming. It has been wonderful working with Jerry and his team to execute his vision for this project.”

Jerry Lamothe added, “I’m elated to be working with UMC and am thankful for the opportunity they’ve provided me with the upcoming release of my first series. It’s been quite a journey to complete this project given our new normal, but we made it through thanks to the work of our wonderful cast and crew. I can’t wait for audiences to experience Terror Lake Drive.”

Netflix's 'Here for the Holidays' Slate: Dolly Parton, Christmas Chronicles 2, Another Princess Switch and More

(10/8/20)

Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Dolly Parton and Christine Baranski are among the stars set to deck the halls at Netflix this holiday season.

The streamer has unveiled its “Here for the Holidays” lineup, and it includes more than 30 Christmas movies, TV shows and specials set to premiere between late October and mid-December. First up: the Emma Roberts rom-com Holidate (dropping Wednesday, Oct. 28). The film’s ensemble also includes Jessica Capshaw (Grey’s Anatomy), Manish Dayal (The Resident), Alex Moffat (Saturday Night Live), Frances Fisher (Watchmen) and Kristin Chenoweth (American Gods).

Come November, you’ll find Operation Christmas Drop (led by Vampire Diaries vet Kat Graham) and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker), as well as sequels to The Christmas Chronicles (featuring the aforementioned Russell and Hawn) and The Princess Switch (starring Vanessa Hudgens, again in a dual role).

On the scripted series front, you have the new rom-com Dash & Lily (starring Euphoria‘s Austin Abrams), plus fresh episodes of The Great British Baking Show and Sugar Rush. Viewers will also get a chance to bid a proper adieu to cancelled family sitcoms Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love and The Big Show Show, both of which will conclude with Christmas-themed specials.

HOLIDATE (MOVIE)
THE CAST: Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Andrew Bachelor, Jessica Capshaw, Manish Dayal, Alex Moffat, Jake Manley, Cynthy Wu, Frances Fisher and Kristin Chenoweth
THE PREMISE: Sloane (Roberts) and Jackson (Bracey) hate the holidays. They constantly find themselves single, sitting at the kids table, or stuck with awkward dates. But when these two strangers meet one particularly bad Christmas, they make a pact to be each other’s “holidate” for every festive occasion throughout the next year. With a mutual disdain for the holidays, and assuring themselves that they have no romantic interest in the other, they make the perfect team. However, as a year of absurd celebrations come to an end, Sloane and Jackson find that sharing everything they hate may just prove to be something they unexpectedly love.
PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 28

OPERATION CHRISTMAS DROP (MOVIE)
THE CAST: Kat Graham, Alexander Ludwig and Virginia Madsen
THE PREMISE: Chasing a promotion, congressional aide Erica Miller forgoes family Christmas to travel across the Pacific at her boss’s behest. Upon landing at a beachside Air Force base, she clashes with her guide, Captain Andrew Jantz, who knows her assignment is finding reasons to defund the facility. The pilot’s pet project — Operation: Christmas Drop, a genuine, decades-old tradition where gifts and supplies are parachuted to residents of remote neighboring islands — has lawmakers wondering if his unit has too much spare energy. Despite their initial opposing goals, Erica softens once she experiences the customs and communal spirit of Andrew’s adopted home.
PREMIERE DATE: Thursday, Nov. 5

DASH & LILY
THE CAST: Austin Abrams, Midori Frances, Dante Brown, Troy Iwata, Keana Marie, James Saito, Jodi Long, Glenn McCuen, Michael Park, Gideon Emery, Jennifer Ikeda and Diego Guevara
THE PREMISE: A whirlwind Holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected. The series is based on the young adult book series Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares from New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
PREMIERE DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 10

JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY (MOVIE)
THE CAST: Forest Whitaker, Madalen Mills, Keegan-Michael Key, Sharon Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Ricky Martin, Kieron Dyer, Justin Cornwell, Lisa Davina Phillip and Hugh Bonneville
THE PREMISE: A musical adventure and a visual spectacle for the ages, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a wholly fresh and spirited family holiday event. Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder. But when his trusted apprentice (Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter (Mills) — and a long-forgotten invention — to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within. From the imagination of writer-director David E. Talbert and featuring original songs by John Legend, Philip Lawrence, Davy Nathan, and “This Day” performed by Usher and Kiana Ledé, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey reminds us of the strength of family and the power of possibility.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 13

HOLIDAY HOME MAKEOVER WITH MR. CHRISTMAS
THE CAST: Benjamin Bradley
THE PREMISE: Benjamin Bradley, best known as Mr. Christmas, is a veteran in the interior design industry with a healthy obsession with the holiday season. For Mr. Christmas, the holidays are all about celebrating love, life, family and friends through meaningful traditions. In the new Netflix series Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas, Bradley takes you behind the scenes as he puts his design expertise and vast Christmas collection to good use. Equipped with lights, garlands, and enough tinsel to blanket the North Pole, he and his team of elves work around the clock to bring holiday cheer to families and communities deserving of a home makeover for the most joyous time of year. Mr. Christmas invites viewers along for the ride to kick off the holiday season and get inspired to take their own home decorating and traditions to the next level.
PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 18

THE PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHED AGAIN (MOVIE)
THE CAST: Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar
THE PREMISE: When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with boyfriend Kevin, it’s up to her double Princess Stacy of Belgravia to get these star-crossed lovers back together… but the course of true love is complicated by the appearance of a handsome royal who’s intent on stealing Margaret’s heart. Throw in the unexpected arrival of Margaret’s outrageous party girl cousin Fiona, a third look-alike who has ambitions of her own, and you have the recipe for Christmas triple trouble!
PREMIERE DATE: Thursday, Nov. 19

DOLLY PARTON'S CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE (MOVIE)
THE CAST: Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, Treat Williams, Jeanine Mason, Josh Segarra and Mary Lane Haskell
THE PREMISE: A rich and nasty woman, Regina Fuller, returns to her small hometown after her father’s death to evict everyone and sell the land to a mall developer – right before Christmas. However, after listening to stories of the local townsfolk, reconnecting with an old love, and accepting the guidance of an actual angel, Regina starts to have a change of heart. This is the story about family, love and how a small town’s Christmas spirit can warm the coldest of hearts. Featuring 14 original songs with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 22

THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES: PART TWO (MOVIE)
THE CAST: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Jahzir Bruno, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Julian Dennison, Tyrese Gibson with Judah Lewis and Darby Camp
THE PREMISE: It’s been two years since siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Lewis) saved Christmas, and a lot has changed. Kate, now a cynical teenager, is reluctantly spending Christmas in Cancun with her mom’s new boyfriend and his son Jack (Bruno). Unwilling to accept this new version of her family, Kate decides to run away. But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas for good, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus (Russell).
PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 25

DANCE DREAMS: HOT CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER (DOCUMENTARY)
THE PREMISE: From Shondaland, Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker spotlights the career of award-winning entertainer Debbie Allen and follows her group of young dancers as they prepare for Allen’s annual “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” production.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 27

SUGAR RUSH CHRISTMAS SEASON 2
THE PREMISE: This competition series challenges bakers to create holiday treats that look festive and taste amazing — all against a ticking clock.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 27

THE CAST: Leandro Hassum, Elisa Pinheiro, Ariane Botelho, Miguel Rômulo, Louise Cardoso, Danielle Winits
THE PREMISE: After taking a very nasty fall on Christmas Eve, grinchy Jorge blacks out and wakes up one year later, with no memory of the year that has passed. He soon realizes that he’s doomed to keep waking up on Christmas Eve after Christmas Eve, having to deal with the aftermath of what his other self has done the other 364 days of the year.
PREMIERE DATE: Thursday, Dec. 3

GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAYS SEASON 3
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THE PREMISE: ‘Tis the season for eight returning bakers to vie for the holiday crown as they race to make wondrous winter treats.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Dec. 4

Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love and The Big Show Show
ALIEN XMAS
When a race of kleptomaniac aliens attempts to steal Earth’s gravity in order to more easily take everything on the planet, only the gift-giving spirit of Christmas and a small alien named X can save the world.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 20

DRAGONS: RESCUE RIDERS – HUTTSGALOR HOLIDAY
Huttsgalor’s favorite winter festival is finally here! But will some ice-breathing dragons put a frost on everyone’s fun.
PREMIERE DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 24

A GO! GO! CORY CARSON CHRISTMAS
When a snow plow, who has an uncanny resemblance to Santa, crashes in the Carson’s yard, Cory must remind him who he is in order to save Christmas.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 27

WONDEROOS: HOLIDAY HOLIDAY!
It’s winter in the big city and everyone is excited to celebrate the holidays! When Poppy decides to throw a holiday party for Sully, the Wonderoos learn that there are lots of different holidays and ways to celebrate!
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 29

ANGELA’S CHRISTMAS WISH
Angela’s Christmas Wish is a heart-warming tale of a determined little girl who sets out to reunite her family in time for Christmas. Based on characters from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, it is a tender and funny story about the importance of family and togetherness.
PREMIERE DATE: TUESDAY, DEC. 1

CHICO BON BON AND THE VERY BERRY HOLIDAY
When Barry the Berry Bear doesn’t show up to deliver the traditional Blunderberry Cakes on Blunderberry Day Eve, the Fix-It Force kicks it into high gear to save the town’s most magical holiday!
PREMIERE DATE: Thursday, Dec. 3

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS MEGA BLISSMAS
George and Harold love Christmas, but they feel like it could use some upgrades. So they make a comic about a new version of the holiday: BLISSMAS. Instead of red bows, laser shows! Instead of ugly sweaters, cool capes! Instead of decorating trees, creating tree-bots! The boys take Melvin’s time toad back to convince Santa to incorporate some of their ideas to his new holiday. But they come back to the present to find that their plan didn’t work quite how they’d hoped. George and Harold realize they need to help Santa remember the true meaning of Christmas before it’s gone forever!
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Dec. 4

MIGHTY EXPRESS: A MIGHTY CHRISTMAS
Mandy Mail must deliver a load of late Christmas letters to the North Pole, then all the trains join in to help Santa deliver the presents during a big storm.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 5

SUPER MONSTERS: SANTA’S SUPER MONSTER HELPERS
When GrrBus takes Sami, Zane, Olive and Rocky on a field trip to the North Pole, they accidentally cause a catastrophe at Santa’s workshop – and it’s up to the eight older Super Monsters to come to the rescue and save Christmas!
PREMIERE DATE: Tuesday, Dec. 8

ASHLEY GARCIA: GENIUS IN LOVE – CHRISTMAS (SERIES FINALE)
A holly, jolly gathering takes a strange turn when Ashley bumps her head and gets a glimpse of her near-distant future with Tío, Tad, Stick and Brooke.
PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 9

THE BIG SHOW SHOW: CHRISTMAS (SERIES FINALE)
When Big Show gets injured Cassy has to fill his big shoes in the hopes of winning the neighborhood Christmas competition. Meanwhile JJ, Mandy and Lola are sent on a scavenger hunt for presents only to discover spending time together might be the best gift of all.
PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 9

A TRASH TRUCK CHRISTMAS
When Hank finds out that Trash Truck doesn’t know what Christmas is, he sets out to show him and their friends what the magical holiday is all about. And luckily for Santa, the friends are up to speed just in time to help save Christmas.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Dec. 11

Video: Guiding Light - Reunion - Maureen Garrett , Rick Hearst and Amelia Marshall

(10/2/20) (Video) Maureen Garrett (Holly Lindsey), Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding) and Amelia Marshall (Gilly Grant) joined The Locher Room on Friday, October 2. This trio shared memories of their time in Springfield as well as other career highlights.

Video: Guiding Light - Reunion -Jay Hammer and Susan Pratt

(10/1/20) (Video) The Locher Room will welcome Guiding Light cast members Jay Hammer (Fletcher Reade) and Susan Pratt (Dr. Claire Ramsey) live on Wednesday, September 30th at a special time - 4:30 p.m. EST.

‘Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square’: Netflix Reveals Premiere Date For Debbie Allen-Directed Holiday Musical With Christine Baranski

(9/30/20) Netflix has set the premiere date for its Dolly Parton holiday special Dolly Parton’s Christmas on The Square. The streaming giant announced Tuesday that the holiday title, starring Parton, Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, Treat Williams and Jeanine Mason, will premiere on Nov. 22

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on The Square, directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, follows a rich woman named Regina (Baranski) who seeks to sell her father’s land to a mall developer. However after an encounter with a guardian angel (Parton), Regina undergoes a Grinch-like change of heart and rekindles connections with the locals of her hometown.

The Netflix special is also set to feature 14 original songs by Dolly Parton.

Rounding out the Dolly Parton’s Christmas on The Square cast are Josh Segarra, Mary Lane Haskell, Matthew Johnson and Selah Kimbro Jones.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square is produced by Magnolia Hill Productions and Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television for Netflix. Executive Producers include Sam Haskell, writer Maria Schlatter, Debbie Allen, and Dolly Parton.

Amanda Seyfried secretly gave birth to her second child, a baby boy

(9/28/20) Amanda Seyfried and husband Thomas Sadoski’s family just got a little bigger.

Seyfried, 34, secretly gave birth to her second child, a baby boy, with Sadoski.

The couple announced the news in a statement to INARA and War Child USA with the first photo of their son.

“Since the birth of our daughter 3 years ago our commitment to the innocent children that are so brutally affected by conflict and war has been a driving force in our lives,” the couple said in their statement. “With the birth of our son the work of INARA and War Child has become our North Star.”

They didn’t reveal their son’s name.

War Child is a UK organization that helps children in war-affected communities and INARA provides medical care for children in conflict areas.

The “Mean Girls” star and Sadoski, 44, also share daughter Nina. The couple tied the knot in March 2017 at the end of her first pregnancy.

Video: The Doctors - Reunion

(9/25/20) (Video) Retro TV and The Locher Room partnered to bring a virtual reunion with cast members from the classic daytime drama, The Doctors. Watch Jonathan Frakes (Tom Carroll), Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Tori Ferra Powers), Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James Iverson), David Elliott (Billy Aldrich) and Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) in The Locher Room from Friday, September 25th.

Retro TV airs The Doctors weekdays at 12 noon and at 7:30 p.m. EDT/PDT (see listings at www.myretrotv.com) and online at 4 p.m. EDT weekdays and streaming at www.MyRetroTV.com and on the Retro TV Roku channel.

Guiding Light - Reunion 10/2/20

(9/25/20) Maureen Garrett (Holly Lindsey), Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding) and Amelia Marshall (Gilly Grant) will join The Locher Room live on Friday, October 2 at 3 p.m. EST. This trio will share memories of their time in Springfield as well as other career highlights. (Watch here)

Hallmark Unveils 2020 'Countdown to Christmas' Slate, Including Gay Adoption Movie, Hanukkah Celebration

(9/23/20) Hallmark Unveils 2020 'Countdown to Christmas' Slate, Including Gay Adoption Movie, Hanukkah Celebration

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — and, at least for one night, Hanukkah — at Hallmark Channel.

The basic cable network has unveiled its slate of 40 (!) original holiday movies airing in 2020, including The Christmas House, starring Mean Girls‘ Jonathan Bennett as one-half of a gay couple looking to adopt their first child. The lineup also includes Love, Lights, Hanukkah!, a Hanukkah-themed flick featuring Star Trek: Discovery‘s Mia Kirshner and Boy Meets World‘s Ben Savage.

The three dozen-plus films feature a plethora of network vets, including Candace Cameron Bure (in her ninth Hallmark Christmas movie), Danica McKellar (in her sixth Hallmark movie overall), Catherine Bell, Alison Sweeney and Tamera Mowry-Housley, as well as Lacey Chabert and Holly Robinson Peete — both of whom appear in two original movies this year.

New to the Hallmark family in 2020 are Aaron Tveit (Grease Live), Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), Marisol Nichols (Riverdale), Mallory Jansen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Rochelle Aytes (S.W.A.T.), among others.

“Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever,” Hallmark Channel’s EVP of programming Michelle Vicary said in a statement. “This year’s movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, narratives, and families, including The Christmas House, featuring a storyline about a gay couple looking to adopt their first child, and starring Jonathan Bennett in an ensemble cast. Our movies are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful connections, family gatherings, and seasonal traditions — a winning formula we hope will bring our millions of viewers much-needed levity and holiday cheer at the end of a tough year.”

Added Crown Media President and CEO Wonya Lucas, “For more than a decade, Hallmark holiday movies have represented the gold standard that many aspire to replicate. What we bring to the table and what truly sets us apart is an immersive holiday experience that has become a pop culture phenomenon for millions of fans… We have created a destination that evokes the spirit and feeling of the season in a way that is uniquely Hallmark.”

Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas” slate begins rolling out on Friday, Oct. 23. Scroll down for a complete list of this year’s holiday movies, then hit the comments and tell us which of the following flicks pique your interest.

JINGLE BELL BRIDECAST: Julie Gonzalo (Supergirl) and Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Star Trek: Discovery)
PREMISE: Wedding planner Jessica Perez (Gonzalo) travels to a remote town in Alaska to find a rare flower for a celebrity client and is charmed by the small town during Christmas, as well as the handsome local (Rowe Jr.) helping her.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 24 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

CHRISTMAS TREE LANE
CAST: Alicia Witt (Our Christmas Love Song), Andrew Walker (Christmas on My Mind), Drake Hogestyn (Days of Our Lives) and Briana Price (13 Reasons Why)
PREMISE: Music store owner Meg (Witt) spearheads the community effort to save the Christmas Tree Lane shopping district from demolition. As she finds herself falling for Nate (Walker), a recent acquaintance, she’s thrown when she learns his surprising tie to the developer.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 24 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CHATEAU CHRISTMAS
CAST: Merritt Patterson (Picture a Perfect Christmas) and Luke Macfarlane (Just Add Romance)
PREMISE: Margot (Patterson), a world-renowned pianist, returns to Chateau Newhaus to spend the holidays with her family and is reunited with an ex (Macfarlane) who helps her rediscover her passion for music.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Oct. 25 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

DELIVER BY CHRISTMAS
CAST: Alvina August (Nancy Drew) and Eion Bailey (Switched for Christmas)
PREMISE: Bakery owner Molly (August) meets Josh (Bailey), a widower who recently moved to town with his young son, but she is also charmed by a mysterious client whom she’s never met in person and she doesn’t realize that they’re the same man.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Oct. 25 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CHRISTMAS WITH THE DARLINGS
CAST: Katrina Law (Arrow) and Carlo Marks (Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday)
PREMISE: Just before the holidays Jessica Lew (Law) is ending her tenure as the assistant to her wealthy boss to use her recently earned law degree within his company, but offers to help his charming, younger brother (Marks) as he looks after his orphaned nieces and nephew over Christmas.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 31 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS
CAST: Nikki DeLoach (Two Turtle Doves) and Benjamin Ayres (A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas)
PREMISE: A separated couple (DeLoach and Ayres) feign marital bliss on national television to help their town’s Christmas festival – and their business. But what will the future hold for them when rekindled love is complicated by new opportunities?
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 31 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

ONE ROYAL HOLIDAY
CAST: Laura Osnes (In the Key of Love), Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables), Krystal Joy Brown (Sydney to the Max), Victoria Clark (Homeland) and Tom McGowan (Everybody Loves Raymond)
PREMISE: When Anna (Osnes) offers a stranded mother (Clark) and son (Tveit) shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown, encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 1 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

HOLLY & IVY
CAST: Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars), Jeremey Jordan (Supergirl) and Marisol Nichols (Riverdale)
PREMISE: When Melody’s (Parrish) neighbor, Nina (Nichols), learns that her illness has returned, Melody promises to keep Nina’s kids, Holly & Ivy, together. To adopt the children, she must renovate her new fixer-upper, which she does with the help of contractor, Adam (Jordan).
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 1 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

NEVER KISS A MAN IN A CHRISTMAS SWEATER
CAST: Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) and Niall Matter (Christmas at Dollywood)
PREMISE: Single mom Maggie (Williams) is facing Christmas alone until Lucas (Matter) crashes into her life and becomes an unexpected houseguest. Together they overcome Christmas while finding comfort in their growing bond.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 7 (Hallmark, 8/7c

THE CHRISTMAS RING
CAST: Nazneen Contractor (Ransom) and David Alpay (The Mistletoe Inn)
PREMISE: A reporter (Contractor) searches for the love story behind an antique engagement ring. With the help of the ring’s owner’s grandson (Alpay), they learn the legacy his grandparent’s left behind.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 7 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

ON THE 12TH DATE OF CHRISTMAS
CAST: Mallory Jansen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Tyler Hynes (The Mistletoe Secret)
PREMISE: Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic, city-wide scavenger hunt themed for the “12 Days of Christmas.”
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 8 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

THE CHRISTMAS BOW
CAST: Lucia Micarelli (Treme) and Michael Rady (You’re Bacon Me Crazy)
PREMISE: When an accident puts her music dreams on hold, a gifted violinist (Micarelli) reconnects with an old family friend (Rady), who helps her heal and find love during the holidays.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 8 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA
CAST: Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy) and Brennan Elliott (Crossword Mysteries)
PREMISE: Jess (Drew), a concert violinist whose heart just isn’t in it anymore, goes to Vienna for a performance. While there, she finds the inspiration she has been missing, and a new love.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 14 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

MEET ME AT CHRISTMAS (WORKING TITLE)
CAST: Catherine Bell (Good Witch) and Mark Deklin (Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy)
PREMISE: When Joan’s (Bell) son’s wedding planner unexpectedly quits, she must coordinate his Christmas Eve wedding with the help of Beau (Deklin), the bride’s uncle. As they work alongside each other they discover their fates and pasts are intertwined.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 14 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8)

A TIMELESS CHRISTMAS
CAST: Ryan Paevey (Christmas at the Plaza) and Erin Cahill (Love, Fall & Order)
PREMISE: Charles Whitley (Paevey) travels from 1903 to 2020 where he meets Megan Turner (Cahill), a tour guide at his historic mansion, and experiences a 21st Century Christmas.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 15 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

THE CHRISTMAS DOCTOR
CAST: Holly Robinson Peete (A Family Christmas Gift) and Adrian Holmes (V-Wars)
PREMISE: A week before Christmas, Dr. Alicia Wright (Peete) is offered an assignment away from home. A mysterious man (Holmes) from her past journeys to find her before Christmas and brings with him a revelation that could change Alicia’s life forever.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 15 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

A NASHVILLE CHRISTMAS CAROL
CAST: Jessy Schram (Country at Heart), Wes Brown (Christmas at Graceland), Wynonna Judd (The Judds), Sara Evans (Nashville), RaeLynn (The Voice), Kix Brooks (Home by Spring), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Darrow Mysteries)
PREMISE: Vivienne Wake (Schram), a workaholic television producer in charge of a country music Christmas special showcasing newcomer Alexis (Raelynn), never lets personal feelings get in the way of business. On the verge of accepting a job in LA, and with the return of Gavin Chase (Brown), her childhood sweetheart and manager to the special’s headliner, Belinda (Evans), she receives a visit from the ghost of her recently deceased mentor, Marilyn (Judd). Her mentor warns her current path leads to a dark future and has recruited both the Spirit of Christmas Past (Brooks) and the Spirit of Christmas Present (Williams-Paisley) to help her get back on track. The Spirits’ time-jumping adventures force Vivienne to take hold of her life.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 21 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHARM (WORKING TITLE)
CAST: Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Brendan Penny (Chesapeake Shores)
PREMISE: Holly (Greene), a jewelry designer finds a lost charm bracelet and teams up with investigative reporter Greg (Penny) in hopes of finding the owner and returning it by Christmas Eve.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 21 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE
CAST: Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), Ana Ayora (In the Dark), Treat Williams (Chesapeake Shores), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue) and Brad Harder (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries)
PREMISE: Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Williams), have summoned their two grown sons – TV star, Mike Mitchell (Buckley) and Brandon Mitchell (Bennett) – home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house, will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband Jake (Harder) make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ayora), his high school sweetheart.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 22 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

THE ANGEL TREE
CAST: Jill Wagner (Teen Wolf) and Lucas Bryant (Country at Heart)
PREMISE: A writer (Wagner) seeks the identity of the person who helps grant wishes that are placed upon the angel tree, and in the process, reconnects with her childhood friend (Bryant).
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 22 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

ADDITIONAL MOVIE TBA
CAST: TBD
PREMISE: TBD
PREMIERE DATE: Monday, Nov. 23 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

A CHRISTMAS TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN
CAST: Rochelle Aytes (Mistresses) and Mark Taylor (Memories of Christmas)
PREMISE: Erin (Aytes) is planning the town’s Christmas celebration and must win over firefighter Kevin (Taylor) in order to obtain the beautiful spruce tree from his property for the celebration.
PREMIERE DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 24 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

A BRIGHT AND MERRY CHRISTMAS
CAST: Alison Sweeney (Days of Our Lives) and Marc Blucas (The Fix)
PREMISE: Two competing TV hosts (Sweeney and Blucas) are sent to a festive small town over Christmas. While pretending to get along for the sake of appearances, they discover that there’s more to each other than they thought.
PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 25 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

FIVE STAR CHRISTMAS (WORKING TITLE)
CAST: Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill) and Victor Webster (MatchMaker Mysteries)
PREMISE: After moving back to her hometown, Lisa (Lenz) plots with her siblings and grandparents to help her father’s new bed and breakfast get a five-star review from an incognito travel critic (Webster), but ends up falling for him, not knowing he is the real critic.
PREMIERE DATE: Thursday, Nov. 26 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

CHRISTMAS BY STARLIGHT
CAST: Kimberley Sustad (Travelers) and Paul Campbell (Battlestar Galactica)
PREMISE: Annie (Sustad), a lawyer, must help her loved ones this holiday season. Her family’s restaurant, The Starlight Café, is slated for demolition. The heir to the development firm responsible, William (Campbell), makes her an unlikely proposition: he’ll spare the café if Annie spends the week “appearing” as the legal counsel his father is demanding he hire in the wake of some costly mistakes.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 27 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

Lacey Chabert
CHRISTMAS WALTZ
CAST: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Will Kemp (Royal Matchmaker) and JT Church (Dancing With the Stars: Juniors)
PREMISE: After Avery’s (Chabert) storybook Christmas wedding is canceled unexpectedly, dance instructor Roman (Kemp) helps her rebuild her dreams.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 28 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

USS CHRISTMAS
CAST: Jen Lilley (Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday), Trevor Donovan (Nostalgic Christmas) and Barbara Niven (Chesapeake Shores)
PREMISE: Maddie (Lilley), a reporter for a Norfolk newspaper, embarks on a Tiger Cruise during Christmastime where she meets a handsome naval officer (Donovan) and stumbles upon a mystery in the ship’s archive room.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 28 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

IF I ONLY HAD CHRISTMAS
CAST: Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House) and Warren Christie (The Color of Rain)
PREMISE: At Christmas, a cheerful publicist (Bure) teams up with a cynical business owner (Christie) and his team to help a charity in need.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 29 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: BELLS ARE RINGING
CAST: Holly Robinson Peete (A Family Christmas Gift), Colin Lawrence (Riverdale), Rukiya Bernard (One Winter Weekend), Antonio Cayonne (Fashionably Yours) and Barbara Niven (Chesapeake Shores)
PREMISE: As Michelle’s (Peete) wedding approaches, Hannah (Bernard) steps up to help finish the launch of the new Evergreen museum while questioning her relationship and future with Elliot (Cayonne).
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 5 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

TIME FOR US TO COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
CAST: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) and Stephen Huszar (A Homecoming for the Holidays)
PREMISE: Five guests are mysteriously invited to an inn to celebrate Christmas. With the help of the owner Ben (Huszar), Sarah (Chabert) discovers that an event from the past may connect them and change their lives forever; from executive producer Blake Shelton.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 5 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CHRISTMAS SHE WROTE
CAST: Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) and Dylan Neal (Gourmet Detective: Roux the Day)
PREMISE: When Kayleigh (McKellar), a romance writer, has her column cancelled right before Christmas, she heads home to reconnect with her family. Kayleigh gets an unexpected visit from the man (Neal) who cancelled her column who fights not only to bring her back to the publisher but also for her heart.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 6 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

A GODWINK CHRISTMAS: FIRST LOVES, SECOND CHANCES
CAST: Brooke D’Orsay (Royal Pains) and Sam Page (The Bold Type)
PREMISE: After 15 years, Pat (Page) moves home from Hawaii with his two sons and through a series of coincidences, or Godwinks, ends up stuck in traffic next to his high school sweetheart, Margie (D’Orsay), at Christmas.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 6 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CROSS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
CAST: Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) and Greyston Holt (Chesapeake Shores)
PREMISE: Former classmates Lina (Cook) and Max (Holt) are traveling home for the holidays, until a storm hits and they have to work together to make it home in time, no matter the mode of transportation.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 12 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

A GLENBROOKE CHRISTMAS
CAST: Autumn Reeser (The O.C.) and Antonio Cupo (Hats Off to Christmas!)
PREMISE: As Christmas nears, heiress Jessica Morgan (Reeser) seizes what seems like her last chance to experience a relaxed Christmas and heads off to the small town of Glenbrooke, where she meets a handsome fireman (Cupo).
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 12 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CHRISTMAS COMES TWICE
CAST: Tamera Mowry-Housley (Sister, Sister) and Michael Xavier (Paris, Wine and Romance)
PREMISE: Emily (Mowry-Housley) is a top newscaster who has achieved her career dreams but still has regrets about the guy (Xavier) who got away five years earlier. When the Christmas carnival comes to town, a ride around the carousel takes her magically back in time to the carnival five years before…giving her a second chance at love before she must return to Christmas present.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 13 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING (WORKING TITLE)
CAST: Taylor Cole (Matching Hearts) and Steve Lund (The Art of Us)
PREMISE: When a mysterious key and a holiday riddle arrive on their doorsteps, Kate (Cole) and Kevin (Lund) embark on a Christmas romance adventure they’ll never forget.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 13 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CHRISTMAS CAROUSEL
CAST: Rachel Boston (Check Inn to Christmas) and Neal Bledsoe (Shameless)
PREMISE: When Lila (Boston) is hired by the Royal Family of Marcadia to repair a carousel, she must work with the Prince (Bledsoe) to complete it by Christmas.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 19 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

SWEPT UP BY CHRISTMAS (WORKING TITLE)
CAST: TBD
PREMISE: An antique seller and a cleaner clash over how to downsize a magnificent estate right before Christmas. As the two uncover the house’s treasures, they find a way to reconnect the reclusive owner with his own Christmases past.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 19 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

LOVE, LIGHTS, HANUKKAH!
CAST: Mia Kirshner (Star Trek: Discovery), Ben Savage (Boy Meets World) and Marilu Henner (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries)
PREMISE: As Christina (Kirshner) prepares her restaurant for its busiest time of year, she gets back a DNA test revealing that she’s Jewish. The discovery leads her to a new family and an unlikely romance over eight nights.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 20 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

PROJECT CHRISTMAS WISH
CAST: TBD
PREMISE: For years Lucy has played Santa to her small town’s community by making their holiday wishes come true. But when Lucy grants a little girl’s wish for a Christmas like she used to have with her Mom, she unexpectedly finds her own wishes coming true in life and love.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 20 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

Video: Crystal Chappell and Hillary B. Smith

(9/23/20) (Video) Emmy-Award winning actresses Crystal Chappell and Hillary B. Smith were in The Locher Room on Wednesday, September 23rd. The duo discussed their incredible careers in daytime, working together producing / directing Beacon Hill & Venice as well as their friendship.

Judith Light Stars, Cornelius Smith, Jr. guests on Manhunt 9/28/20

(9/18/20) “Unabubba” – When the media gets wind of the FBI’s “hero-bomber” theory, a media firestorm erupts, engulfing Richard Jewell and his family. Meanwhile, ATF agents raise doubts as bombings continue, on MANHUNT: DEADLY GAMES, Monday, Sept. 28 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

REGULAR CAST:
Cameron Britton (Richard Jewell)
Jack Huston (Eric Rudolph)
Gethin Anthony (FBI Agent Jack Brennan)
Carla Gugino (Kathy Scruggs)
Arliss Howard (ATF Agent Earl Embry)
Kelly Jenrette (FBI Agent Stacey Knox)
And: Judith Light (Bobi Jewell)

GUEST CAST:
Ness Bautista (Joe Holliwell)
Desmond Harrington (Louis Freeh)
Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Mayor Campbell)
Roxanne Hart (Trudy Embry)
Ricky Wayne (Fixer)
Jay DeVon Johnson (ATF Chief)
Jay O. Sanders (Watson Bryant)
Michael O'Keefe (Brennan’s Dad)
Pete Burris (Bill Delouise)
Lila Lazarus (CNN Anchor)
Jeremy Denzlinger (Atlanta Cop)
Ben Cain (Lieutentant)
Malerie Grady (Lindsay)
Cabot Rea (News Anchor)
Kent Shocknek (News Anchor)
Joel Haberli (Lead Profiler)
Shelby Camilla (Reporter at Richard’s Apartment)
Darren Constantine (Sandy Springs Cop)
Jesse C. Boyd (Dom)
Anietra Hamper (Talking Head)
Paul Monte, Jr. (Talking Head Psychiatrist)
Justin Swain (F.X.)

WRITTEN BY: Andrew Sodroski

DIRECTED BY: Michael Dinner.

Video: Ron Raines and Ricky Paull Goldin Interview

(9/17/20) (Video) Father and Son on Guiding Light - Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding) and Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitorro) joined The Locher Room on Wednesday, September 16th. Don't miss the chance to catch up with these two Springfield favorites.

Days of Our Lives' Melissa Reeves Out, All My Children Vet Cady McClain In as Jennifer — But for How Long?

(9/15/20) Days of Our Lives is giving Jennifer an extreme makeover, tapping soap vet Cady McClain (All My Children, As the World Turns) to temporarily replace longtime cast member Melissa Reeves in the role,TVLine has confirmed.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Reeves — who commutes from Tennessee to Los Angeles to shoot Days — chose not to return to the West Coast when the soap resumed production earlier this month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The recast, which sources stress is not permanent, comes nearly three months after Reeves’ views on Black Lives Matter sparked a backlash among her co-stars and fans.

News of the switcheroo was first reported by Celeb Dirty Laundry.

Back in January it was revealed that Reeves — who has played Jennifer Horton on the NBC sudser on and off for the past three decades — “liked” several anti-BLM posts from right-wing activist Candace Owens on Instagram. Reeves’ Days co-star, Linsey Godfrey, wasted little time responding. After one Twitter user defended Reeves’ right to express her opinion, Godfrey countered, “Nah there is no difference of opinion on racism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia.”

When another fan noted that she found Reeves to be “completely lovely and non-judgmental” after encountering her at several Days fan events, Godfrey responded, “Yea but even the nicest people can have awful views. Plenty of nice people have awful moral compasses. I can’t associate w/ it because it makes me a hypocrite. I condemn all those hateful & harmful beliefs.”

Days actor Lamon Archey, who is Black, liked Godfrey’s post taking Reeves to task. He then shared a rather pointed gif.

This is not the first time Reeves has come under fire for her controversial views. Several years ago, she incurred the wrath of the LGBTQ community when she expressed support for antigay fast food chain Chick-fil-A, tweeting, “Land of the free and home of the brave. Love that we all appreciate free speech, right?”

Reps for Days, NBC and Sony Pictures Television declined to comment for this story.

Dishing with Digest - 9/11/20 - Marci Miller

(9/11/20) (Listen / download) Marci Miller opens up about coming back to DAYS as Abigail, the state of “Chabby”, what she did during her time off and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about Kim Delaney’s return to daytime and the latest news.

Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Ink Producing Deal With Lifetime For Two Ripped From The Headlines True-Crime Movies

(9/9/20) Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have signed a deal with Lifetime to produce two new movies for the network’s Ripped from the Headlines slate via their Milojo Productions banner.

Ripa, Consuelos, and Albert Bianchini will serve as executive producers for the untitled projects which are set to debut in 2021. Michael Halpern is Director of Development for Milojo.

“Kelly and Mark have been important voices in popular culture for the past twenty years and we are so incredibly pleased to have them become a part of the Lifetime family,” said Paul Buccieri, Group President, A+E Networks. “We look forward to seeing their creative vision brought to life through these projects.”

The network’s 2020 Ripped from the Headlines slate has been a ratings boon for Lifetime. Stolen By My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story, Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer, Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story, Neighbor in the Window, and You Can’t Take My Daughter reached more than 25 million total viewers, from January – April on Lifetime & LMN1, according to Nielsen Live+7.

“I am beyond thrilled to welcome Kelly and Mark and their company into the Lifetime family. We feel like Kelly and Mark have our same sensibilities and instincts for good storytelling,” said Tanya Lopez, EVP of Movies, Limited Series & Original Movie Acquisitions, Lifetime & LMN. “We know our ripped from the headlines slate will be energized by their enthusiasm and we all look forward to bringing these timely stories to their fans.”

Milojo Productions, which has developed and produced for networks including Bravo, Logo, VH1, E!, CMT, HGTV, WeTV, TLC and Discovery, has produced Emmy-nominated documentary The Streak for ESPN, and critically acclaimed documentary Off The Rez for TLC, both which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The company has been involved in such projects as Masters of Reception, Homemade Millionaire, Dirty Soap, Cheer, Secret Guide To Fabulous, My Diet Is Better Than Yours, Secret Guide to Summer, Fire Island, and the New Now Next Vote election specials with Wanda Sykes. Milojo is currently in production on Family Reboot, a docuseries for Disney+ and Exhumed, a true-crime series for Oxygen.

“As longtime true crime fans, there is nothing more thrilling than tuning into a Lifetime original movie,” Kelly and Mark added. “We are so excited to be working with Paul, Tanya, and their incredibly talented team to bring these Ripped from the Headlines stories to the screen.”

Kim Delaney Joins Cast Of ‘General Hospital’

(9/8/20) A new face is headed to Port Charles. Emmy winner Kim Delaney has joined the cast of ABC’s long-running daytime drama series General Hospital. The role marks somewhat of a return to her roots. Delaney began her career on ABC daytime TV drama All My Children as Jenny Gardner.

No word yet on her character or what leads her to Port Charles. It’s common for characters to cross over on soaps on the same networks, but it’s not known if it would be some sort of a reprisal of her Jenny Gardner character. Delaney begins filming on Wednesday, with her first episodes airing in late September or early October.

General Hospital resumed production on July 22, following the industry-wide coronavirus-imposed production shutdown. The drama series ran out of originals back in late May and had been rerunning classic episodes. It returned with new episodes on August 3. Delaney earned three Emmy nominations and a supporting actress win in 1997 for NYPD Blue. She currently recurs on Chicago Fire and recently recurred on Crackle’s The Oath. Delaney is repped by The Gersh Agency, Wonder Street and LINK Entertainment.

General Hospital is both the longest-running American soap opera currently in production and the longest-running scripted television drama currently in production. The show has won the Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Drama a record 13 times.

‘Home & Family’ Returns To Production, Sets Season 9 Premiere Date On Hallmark Channel

(9/4/20) (Video) Home & Family is headed back home. Hallmark Channel’s flagship daytime lifestyle series has returned to production at its Universal Studios set, and Season 9 will premiere at 10 a.m. Monday, September 14.

Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison are returning as hosts for the new season, which was greenlighted in July. Watch a preview above.

“We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season,” executive producer Tracy Verna Soiseth said. “Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

Home & Family, which earned a Daytime Emmy nom for Outstanding Lifestyle Program in 2018, had been dark for the past few months amid the industry-wide coronavirus shutdown. A daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms in the interim.

Premiere-week guests include Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

One-On-One With Melissa Ordway and Jordi Vilasuso

(9/4/20) One-On-One With Melissa Ordway and Jordi Vilasuso: Video.

Days Vet Plots Return

(9/2/20) Days of Ours Lives is raising the (presumed) dead: Daytime Emmy winner Tamara Braun will return to the NBC soap as Ava Vitali, four years after her character died in a 2016 episode, Soap Opera Digest reports.

Ava’s reappearance is “important, not only for Steve and Kayla, but for her son, Tripp, and others to be determined,” executive producer Ken Corday tells the magazine. “[Head writer] Mr. Carlivati has a big story there. It’s exciting.”

The news comes as Days is going through a cast shake-up: In early July, Kristian Alfonso (aka Hope) announced that she was leaving the show after 37 years. Then Greg Vaughn (Eric Brady) revealed that he, too, would be exiting the series after eight years. Victoria Konefal, who plays Bo Brady and Hope Williams’ youngest daughter Ciara Brady, will also not be part of the cast when the NBC soap resumes production in the fall. Braun is also known for her Daytime Emmy-winning role as Dr. Kim Nero on General Hospital.

One-On-One With Peter Bergman and Melissa Claire Egan

(9/2/20) One-On-One With Peter Bergman and Melissa Claire Egan: Video.

‘The Boys In The Band’ Trailer: First Look At Ryan Murphy’s All-Star Film Adaptation Of 1968 Gay Classic

(9/2/20) (Video) Let the games begin. Netflix has released the official trailer for its upcoming Ryan Murphy-produced The Boys in the Band, director Joe Mantello’s film adaptation of his hit Tony-winning Broadway staging. Starring the Broadway cast – including Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells – this Boys is both faithful to Mart Crowley’s 1968 play while offering a subtle and fresh perspective.

With a co-writing credit given to Ned Martel, Boys includes some brief scenes you wouldn’t have seen in the 2018 Broadway production nor William Friedkin’s 1970 film version. No spoilers here, but you can catch glimpses of the new material in the trailer, above. The logline: A group of gay men gather for a birthday party in 1968 New York City, only to find the drinks and laughs interrupted when a visitor from the host’s past turns the evening upside down.

In addition to Parsons, Quinto, Bomer and Rannells, Boys also stars Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins.

Producing are Murphy, David Stone, Joe Mantello, Ned Martel and Alexis Martin Woodall.

The Boys in the Band launches Sept. 30 on Netflix.

‘Dancing With The Stars’: ABC Unveils Season 29 Cast Including ‘Tiger King’s Carole Baskin & Rapper Nelly

(9/2/20) (Video) Tiger King’s Carole Baskin, rapper Nelly, Selling Sunset’s Chrishell Stause and NBA legend Charles Oakley are among those set to waltz off on to this season of Dancing With The Stars.

The ABC competition show, which is based on BBC format Strictly Come Dancing, revealed the full cast on Good Morning America ahead of its September 14 premiere.

The quartet will be joined by Monica Aldama, star of Netflix’s Cheer, Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson, One Day at a Time’s Justina Machado, The Real’s Jeannie Mai, Catfish’s Nev Schulman and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir.

The network confirmed that Super Bowl Champion Vernon Davis, Anne Heche, Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean will also be joining, after their names leaked over the last few days. The Bachelor’s Kaitlyn Bristowe was the first celebrity to be named a few months ago.

The professional dancers include Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and Britt Stewart.

It will be hosted and exec produced by Tyra Banks, who replaces Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews in season 29. The show is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm with Andrew Llinares exec producer.

One of the challenges for this season is to ensure that the production adheres to COVID-19 protocols, a trickier move for a dance competition format than many other productions. Details of the health and safety protocols and other format refreshes are expected imminently.

Guiding Light - Reunion 9/16/20 Gus & Alan

(9/1/20) Father and Son - Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding) and Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitorro) will join The Locher Room live on Wednesday, September 16th at 3PM EST. Don't miss the chance to catch up with these two Springfield favorites. (Watch here)

Chadwick Boseman, 'Black Panther' Star, Dies of Cancer at 43

(8/28/20) Chadwick Boseman, the electric young star who projected so much vitality as the star of such films as Black Panther, Get on Up and 42, died Friday. He was 43.

Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press.

Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement. He had never spoken publicly about his diagnosis.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more — all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”'

His death comes amid the nation’s emotional reckoning with racial justice and on baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day, in which every player in the big leagues wears No. 42. He portrayed the legendary Brooklyn Dodger in the Brian Helgeland-directed drama 42.

In such a short time, Boseman proved eerily adept at capturing the essence of great Americans, whether it be Robinson; Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017), directed by Reginald Hudlin; or soul icon James Brown in Get on Up (2014).

Most recently, Boseman took a turn in Spike Lee’s latest, the June release Da 5 Bloods, as “Stormin’” Norman Earl Holloway, a U.S. freedom fighter in the Vietnam War. The character is portrayed as a ghost and is seen in flashbacks.

The South Carolina native, however, had his biggest cultural impact with his turn as Black Panther/King T’Challa, the proud king and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda.

In 2016, Boseman appeared for the first time as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, and went on to headline his own Black Panther movie two years later. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, Marvel Studios’ first Black director, became a cultural touchstone with its Black-led cast.

It went on to earn an astounding $1.34 billion globally, No. 14 on the global list of all-time releases. Nearly half of that came internationally, helping dispel tired Hollywood notions that Black-led films could not perform well overseas.

Boseman’s Panther became an icon for children of color, coming at a time when representation was only just beginning to become a priority in Hollywood.

Boseman learned he was cast as Black Panther when his manager pulled him off a red carpet event in Zurich while he was promoting Get on Up to alert him he had a call from Marvel and Civil War filmmakers the Russo brothers, offering him the part.

Four years later, he was headlining the Los Angeles premiere of Black Panther, which began with an emotional standing ovation for the cast.

“I hope people will watch this movie and see the hero in themselves,” Boseman told The Hollywood Reporter at the event. “Even if it’s a white person who sees it, if they can see a Black character and identify with them, it changes a little bit about how our society is.”

Survivors include his brothers Kevin, a dancer and singer, and Derrick, a preacher.

ABFF Creators Launch Inaugural Social Justice Now Film Festival, Michael B. Jordan And Opal Tometi To Serve As Co-Ambassadors

(8/26/20) As the world perspective shifts and a reckoning continues to pulsate through the country when it comes to the social and economic issues facing Black and Brown communities, American Black Film Festival creators Jeff and Nicole Friday are launching the very first Social Justice Now Film Festival through their non-profit The Film Life Foundation. The event is set to take place October 21-25 with actor and producer Michael B. Jordan and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi serving as co-ambassadors.

The Social Justice Now Film Festival is the first of its kind and will feature virtual screenings, community conversations and impact events that confront issues facing disenfranchised communities. Jordan’s Outlier Society is set as a partner for the event alongside Endeavor Content and One Community. Sony Pictures is the event’s Founding Sponsor.

The Social Justice Now Film Festival’s mantra is: “watch, reflect, and take action” — and that timeliness and urgency will be felt with its programming of narrative documentary features, short films and new media projects that align with discussions on topics such as police brutality, criminal justice reform, income disparity, healthcare reform and voter reform led by the preeminent voices in their respective spaces. The festival will include online petitions, educational resources, and other interactive components as they put an emphasis on activating around the November 2020 Election.

“This first-of-its-kind festival will merge art and activism to drive today’s necessary conversations forward toward lasting social and political change,” said Jeff and Nicole Friday. “On behalf of our partners, we look forward to using our collective abilities to provide a platform committed to amplifying the voices of the marginalized, and educating attendees on the most pressing issues impacting these communities.”

“I am honored to serve as an inaugural ambassador for the Social Justice Now Festival,” said Jordan. “It was both a professional and personal achievement to have had the opportunity to portray the great Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy and with the help of festivals like this we will continue to bring those stories to life. Now more than ever it is important that we shine a light on those who have been marginalized by our society and I look forward to joining Jeff and Nicole as we continue the fight for social justice reform.”

“It’s an honor to serve as an ambassador for the inaugural Social Justice Now Film Festival,” added Tometi. “As a media maker and a human rights advocate, I know that there’s no denying the importance of truth-telling and the power of film to facilitate that. Given the significance of these times I trust that the Social Justice Now Film Festival will provide the catalytic insight and creative inspiration we need. ”

For more than two decades, Jeff and Nicole Friday have worked to create opportunities for people of color in the film industry, most notably through the American Black Film Festival. They have played a vital role in strengthening the Black film community and advancing the careers of many relatively unknown emerging artists.

The festival will accept submissions starting August 27 in the categories of narratives, documentaries and new media projects that align with the themes of social justice and explore issues of racial justice, implicit bias, Black identity and human rights. The deadline for entries is September 12.

‘Ida Red’: Frank Grillo, Melissa Leo & Josh Hartnett Lead Cast In Action-Thriller Shot During The Pandemic

(8/26/20) Frank Grillo (Captain America), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), and William Forsythe (The Rock) lead cast in crime action-thriller Ida Red, which has been filming in Oklahoma during the pandemic.

Also starring are Sofia Hublitz (Ozark), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Mark Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy), Beau Knapp (The Nice Guys), Slaine (The Town) and Nicholas Cirillo (Outer Banks).

Written and directed by John Swab (Body Brokers), the film follows career criminal Ida ‘Red’ Walker (Leo) who is battling a terminal illness while serving a 25-year prison sentence in Oklahoma. Under Ida’s tutelage, her son, Wyatt Walker (Hartnett) has sustained the family business, alongside his uncle, Dallas Walker (Grillo). When a job goes awry, local detective and Wyatt’s brother-in-law, Bodie Collier (Slaine), is joined by FBI agent Lawrence Twilley (William Forsythe), to track down the responsible party.

The movie is wrapping production in and around Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is said to be “closely following Oklahoma and SAG-AFTRA health and safety COVID-19 protocols.”

The film is produced and cast by Jeremy M. Rosen (Charlie Says), alongside Swab and Robert Ogden Barnum (Margin Call) for Roxwell Films. Executive producers include Luke Taylor, Matthew Helderman, Viviana Zarragoitia, Ali Jazayeri, Howard Scott and Joelle Scott.

This is the third feature collaboration from Swab and Rosen, who have partnered on the project with the Oklahoma Film and Music Office, the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture, BondIt Media Capital and Three Point Capital, as well as post house Final Frame NYC, sound designer Coll Anderson and cinematographer Matt Clegg.

The team’s most recent feature is the crime-thriller Body Brokers, which was shot in Tulsa and Los Angeles last year, and also stars Leo and Grillo, alongside Michael Kenneth Williams, Jack Kilmer, Jessica Rothe, Peter Greene and Alice Englert.

Vertical Entertainment recently released Rosen and Swab’s first feature together, the noir crime drama Run With The Hunted, starring Michael Pitt, Ron Perlman and Dree Hemingway.

“Undeterred by the pandemic, this is our third consecutive summer shoot here in Tulsa. We could not make these films the way that we want to make them anywhere else. The local production value, support, and incentives make all of the difference,” said producer Jeremy Rosen of Roxwell Films.

Frank Grillo is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Paul Hastings LLP; Melissa Leo is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment; Josh Hartnett is repped by ICM Partners, Management 360 and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern LLP; William Forsythe is repped by Innovative Artists and Roxwell Management; Slaine is repped by 9 Line Entertainment; Sofia Hublitz is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment, Jordan, Gill & Dornbaum, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern LLP.

Deborah Ann Woll is repped by CAA; Beau Knapp is repped by CAA, Luber Roklin Entertainment and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman LLP; Mark Boone Junior is repped by Jeff Goldberg Management; and Nicholas Cirillo is repped by Innovative Artists, Zero Gravity Management and Alexander White.

Live Chat with The Simon Family 9/2/20

(8/25/20) Courtney Simon (Dr. Lynn Michaels, As the World Turns) and Peter Simon (Dr. Ed Bauer, Guiding Light) along with their daughter Kate Hall will join The Locher Room on Wednesday, September 2 at 3PM EST. The Simon family will discuss their various roles as writers and actors in the television industry (Search for Tomorrow, As the World Turns and Guiding Light to name just a few of their roles). (Watch here)

The Boys in the Band: Ryan Murphy's Film Adaptation to Hit Netflix in September

(8/21/20) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4) Consider this your formal invitation to the year’s most dramatic birthday party: Netflix’s film adaptation of The Boys in the Band will drop on Wednesday, Sept. 30, the streamer announced Friday.

Produced by Ryan Murphy and directed by Joe Mantello (Hollywood), The Boys in the Band is based on the 1968 play by late writer Mart Crowley, who passed away in March. The film is set in New York City, where a group of gay men gather for a friend’s birthday party and are faced with uncomfortable truths throughout the course of the evening.

The play ran for a limited engagement on Broadway in 2018, and many of the actors from that revival — which was also directed by Mantello — will reprise their roles for Netflix’s adaptation. The cast includes Matt Bomer (White Collar), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Zachary Quinto (Heroes), Andrew Rannells (Black Monday), Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf), Brian Hutchison (Madam Secretary), Michael Benjamin Washington (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Robin de Jesús (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Tuc Watkins (Desperate Housewives).

This will be the second time The Boys in the Band has been turned into a movie. It was previously adapted into a film in 1970, which starred the same cast from the play’s initial off-Broadway run in 1968.

Dishing with Digest 8/21/20 - Ian Buchanan

(8/21/20) (Listen /download) Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH et al) chats about his runs on GH, B&B, PC, AMC and DAYS, his decades-long friendship with Finola Hughes (Anna, GH) and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest casting shockers.

Heartbreak For Y&R Star

(8/19/20) On Instagram, Kaitlin Vilasuso, wife of Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R), revealed that the couple recently suffered a miscarriage. “I never anticipated that it would hurt this much,” she wrote. The Vilasusos have two daughters, Riley, who is 7, and Everly, who is 4. Our hearts go out to the family.

Kate Linder Invites You to a Virtual Tea Party With Y&R Stars

(8/17/20) (Poster) It’s tea time again! Kate Linder (Esther) is getting together with some of her THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS castmates for another OpportuniTea charity event, but this time it doesn’t matter where you live — everyone’s invited! That’s right, on Sunday, Oct. 4, the first-ever Virtual OpportuniTea event will be held at noon PT/ 3 p.m. ET! This virtual fundraiser will benefit the March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education program. “Never been to an OpportuniTea? Now’s your chance!” Linder tweeted. “Admission is free and the guest list is huge!”

Linder will be joined by co-host Christian LeBlanc (Michael) and Y&R co-stars Tracy Bregman (Lauren), Sharon Case (Sharon), Mark Grossman (Adam), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), Bryton James (Devon), Beth Maitland (Traci), Brytni Sarpy (Elena), and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis). The Q&A session with the stars will be free for everyone to watch but fans can support March of Dimes Canada in two ways. First, you can donate $20 by midnight on Monday, Aug. 31, and submit your question to the actor of your choice. Second, there is an online auction for exclusive items that begins on Monday, Sept. 7, and ends one hour after the event concludes. You can find all the details at the link to the event above.

Originally, this year’s OpportuniTea event was to be held in Calgary in April and rescheduled to the fall due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The in-person event has been tentatively moved to Spring 2021, but you can still enjoy this virtual fan event in October… and you don’t have to worry about traveling to Canada! (marchofdimes.akaraisin.com/ui/OpportuniTeaOnline2020)

Dishing with Digest - 8/14/20 - Robert Scott Wilson

(8/14/20) (Listen / download) DAYS’s Robert Scott Wilson (Ben) chats about his road to Salem, the “Cin” phenomenon, his leading lady’s exit and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss characters who didn’t click with fans.

Will Kemp Joins Lacey Chabert In Hallmark Channel Movie ‘Christmas Waltz’

(8/14/20) Reign and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce alum Will Kemp is set to star opposite Lacey Chabert in Christmas Waltz, Hallmark Channel’s upcoming holiday movie.

In Christmas Waltz, after Avery’s (Chabert) storybook Christmas wedding is canceled unexpectedly, dance instructor Roman (Kemp) helps her rebuild her dreams.

Directed by Michael Damian, Christmas Waltz will air as part of Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas 2020.

Christmas Waltz reunites Kemp and Chabert, who starred in last year’s Valentine-themed Hallmark Channel movie Love, Romance & Chocolate. This will be Chabert’s ninth Christmas movie for Hallmark Channel and Kemp’s third. Known for playing Lord Darnley in the CW’s Reign and Scott on Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Kemp most recently starred opposite January Jones and Kaya Scodelario in ice skating drama Spinning Out for Netflix. He’ll next be seen in the upcoming UK independent film Barbarians. Kemp is repped by Gersh, United Agents (UK) & Authentic Talent & Literary Management.

Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause "Never" Cheated On Each Other: Sources

(8/12/20) (eonline.com) As Davina Potratz said in Selling Sunset, "There are two sides to every story."In the third season of the Netflix reality series, viewers learned that Chrishell Stause was blindsided by husband Justin Hartley's decision to file for divorce. But in the absence of an account from Justin, fans were left to speculate over what inspired the sudden split, with some theorizing he might have cheated on his wife of two years.

However, a source tells E! News that rumors of the This Is Us star's infidelity are "100 percent false."

So why did Justin actually file for divorce? Well, a source close to Chrishell claims that remains a mystery.

"Chrishell knew they were having problems in their marriage. They were fighting for months before Justin filed, but she didn't think he would actually end their marriage," the insider explains, adding, "They always brushed their problems under the rug."

But the source notes Chrishell doesn't have closure. The insider says, "She speculates a lot about what truly happened between them."

"Chrishell is heartbroken that he has moved on so quickly," the source continues. "It doesn't do her any good to dwell on the possibilities of Justin cheating, and is trying to move on."

And while the first source says the rumors are false, it seems the real estate agent wasn't totally convinced of Justin's innocence as of four days ago. On her Twitter account, she liked two tweets that hinted he might've had an affair with his now-girlfriend Sofia Pernas prior to the split.

One of the tweets, from Twitter user @ConcernedSoapFan, read, "@justinhartley filmed a movie in Canada at the same time his new gf @SofiaPernas was filming the summer before they split. The timing seems like he probably cheated on @Chrishell7 and took a coward's way out to avoid spousal support and gaslight her."

The other tweet highlighted an unverified report on celeb scoop site Blind Gossip, which claims Justin was "having an affair" months before he filed for divorce, among other allegations.

But the first source reiterates, "Cheating was never in the cards and never happened on either side."

E! News reached out to Chrishell for comment.

With the divorce bringing Justin's character into question, his ex-wife, Lindsay Korman-Hartley, has spoken out to defend him. She said the actor is an "exemplification of a solid man" and a "dear friend and devoted father to our daughter." She continued, "No matter what conflicts Justin and I had in the past, I appreciate what we have today and I am thankful for the family we have built."

Hours later, Chrishell seemingly reacted by posting a statement to her Instagram Story, writing in part, "Be the woman who fixes another woman's crown without telling the world it was crooked."@J—ó».

‘Harriet The Spy’ Kids Animated Series Starring Beanie Feldstein, Jane Lynch & Lacey Chabert Ordered By Apple

(8/12/20) Apple TV+ will breathe new life into Louise Fitzhugh’s 1964 children’s book with Harriet the Spy, the first animated adaptation of the iconic children’s novel. The series will star Beanie Feldstein in the titular role, along with Jane Lynch and Lacey Chabert.

Written by The Adventures of Pete & Pete co-creator Will McRobb based on Fitzhugh’s book, the newly greenlighted Harriet the Spy is the latest addition to the streamer’s slate of original content for children.

Harriet the Spy centers on a curious 11-year-old (Beanie Feldstein) who seeks to learn everything about anything in order to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional writer. Lynch will voice the girl’s nanny, Ole Golly, and Chabert will play popular girl Marion Hawthorne.

The series comes from The Jim Henson Company and Rehab Entertainment. McRobb will executive produce, along with Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford on behalf of The Jim Henson Company, John W. Hyde and Terissa Kelton for Rehab Entertainment, and Wendy Moss-Klein and Nancy Steingard of 2 Friends Entertainment. Sidney Clifton is a producer. Titmouse Animation Studios will animate the series.

Harriet the Spy expands Apple’s collaboration with The Jim Henson Company beyond Fraggle Rock: Rock!. Apple recently won Daytime Emmy awards for Ghostwriter and Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10, from the streamer’s inaugural slate of children’s programmings.

Justin Hartley's Ex Defends Him After Chrishell Stause Shares Shocking Details On Selling Sunset

(8/11/20) Lindsay Korman-Hartley is weighing in on Justin Hartley's very public divorce from Chrishell Stause.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the soap opera star took to Instagram to defend her ex-husband and the father of her child in a lengthy post.

"In a day when social media should be used for positivity … an inspiration towards movement in an honest and deserving way, I'd like to join, by highlighting my appreciation for my family," Lindsay began her message.

"Today, I appreciate my ex-husband Justin for not only being [an] exemplification of a solid man but for being my dear friend and devoted father to our daughter," she continued. "Simply put; for being family. We derive our own opinion of people by experiencing life and time together, and we do our best to hold dear the ones that maintain consistent kindness, love and generosity."

"No matter what conflicts Justin and I had in the past, I appreciate what we have today and I am thankful for the family we have built," she closed.

Lindsay and Justin first met on the set of Passions in 2003 and began dating soon after. Later that year, the two announced their engagement. They not only tied the knot in May 2004 but welcomed their first child together, Isabella Justice Hartley, in July. Lindsay eventually filed for divorce in 2012.

As for Justin, he moved on and started dating Chrishell. In January 2014, they made their relationship official and got married three years later. But as fans recently learned, the This Is Us actor filed for divorce in November 2019. However, in documents obtained by E! News, he cited their separation in July.

According to Chrishell, she was completely blindsided by Justin's decision.

In the third season of Selling Sunset, the reality TV star confided in co-star and friend Mary Fitzgerald. She revealed details about her breakup, including how the actor allegedly told her he wanted a divorce.

"He texted me that we were filed. Forty-five minutes later the world knew," Chrishell said tearfully.

"In a fight, like that's his go-to. Like, 'I'm out, I'm out.' I hate that kind of impulsive stuff but I always just thought that's an issue, we'll work through it...," she explained of how Justin typically reacts to conflict. "If that's really what you wanted, there are better ways to go about it."

In her confessional, Chrishell added, "Because of the crazy way in which this went down, people want answers... and I f--king want answers."

Chrishell wasn't the only one surprised by her breakup. Her co-stars couldn't believe the news.

"I mean, you know, that was [a] shock to all of us, all the cast. Like we did not see this one happening," Maya Vander said in a recent interview on the Behind the Velvet Rope podcast. "I have to give a lot of credit to [Chrishell] because it's been very tough on her. Obviously... dealing with that and she was so professional. She's doing better, but obviously it's still fresh."

At this time, Justin has yet to publicly address his divorce or how things played out on Selling Sunset. However, it looks like he's already put the past behind him. The This Is Us actor has sparked romance rumors with soap opera star Sofia Pernas.

As for Chrishell? It looks like she's enjoying the positive reactions to the Netflix series.

GH Favorites Debut Thrilling New IGTV Series

(8/11/20) GH faves Finola Hughes (Anna), Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke), Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (ex-Emma) have joined forces for a new series for IGTV (Instagram’s video arm), ENTER EXIT, which was conceived of and produced while the stars were sheltering in place.

Says Hughes, who both stars in ENTER EXIT and directed it, “Literally the day we shut down [production at GH], I texted [her friend and television scribe] Matt [Boren] and said, ‘Let’s do something! Let’s figure out the camera stuff — what do you want to do?’ I started to think about, if you’re in lockdown, what would be a narrative where you could act in a vacuum, basically? I first started thinking about what my character would be — a retired [government] agent. And then there’s some reason that I’m retired. And I started to think about stationary shots and walking into your closeup and all those kinds of things. I left [the rest] with Matt; it was basically, ‘Whatever he writes, we’ll do.’ And I just sort of concentrated on how, feasibly, we could do it.”

Picks up Boren, “Finola called and I am pretty sure I cut her off and said, ‘Yes!’ right after she said, ‘What do you think about a show for Ian and me…’ I am saving the bigger story for a new book of mine, but in a nutshell, Finola and Ian were everything to me growing up in Framingham, Massachusetts. I started watching GH the very day Finola premiered as Anna Devane. My imagination and life were forever changed from that moment — Devane scar and all. Finola and Ian as Anna and Duke truly lit my creative spirit and while there is so much that falls between me meeting them at a fan club luncheon in New York City and now, I will say they are two of my dearest friends and we have all wanted to collaborate for a long time. The pandemic — brutal as it’s been — carved out space and time for us to just jump in. I love writing for actors and Finola and Ian are two of my all-time favorite actors, so writing for them is something (don’t tell them) I’ve done in my journals since 1985.”

According to Boren, it was a no-brainer to incorporate additional GH talent. “Finola and I have such a shorthand creatively. And we both love and admire the soaps and soap actors. I always want to create opportunity for actors who are on/ have been on soap operas because I know that they not only work harder than most but that there is so much talent there — look no further than the soaps to find your actors.”

Boren describes the series as, “in a sense, a local detective thriller that starts out small — and understandably so as season one takes place during the pandemic. However, what we seed throughout these first 11 mini-episodes hints at a show that longs to be on a much larger, more global scale. We were absolutely inspired by ’80s GH — the WSB, the espionage and larger than life stories that were so thrilling, and through Devane/Scorpio/Lavery/Donnelly/Jones, so grounded. Throw that in with some KILLING EVE, X-FILES and (this will make sense down the line) STRANGER THINGS and you have a recipe that might be pages away in our cookbook.”

The first of ENTER EXIT’s 11 mini-episodes drops August 10. To check it out, visit Hughes’s Instagram page here.

Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Producing ‘Mexican Gothic’ Drama Series Based On Book In The Works At Hulu

(8/11/20) Hulu has put in development Mexican Gothic, a drama series based on Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s bestselling horror thriller novel, from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions and ABC Signature where the company has had a deal. Milojo acquired the rights to develop the fiction fantasy book for television in a competitive situation.

Published by Del Rey in June, Mexican Gothic follows Noemí Taboada, a young socialite who travels to the Mexican countryside and the mountains of Hidalgo in hopes of rescuing her cousin, who has recently married into a reclusive mining family, after receiving a frantic letter in the mail. Noemí seeks to unveil the family’s violent and menacing secrets, but her confidence is quickly threatened and there may be no escaping the walls of her strange, new home.

A week ago, Ripa recommended the book to her Instagram followers, calling it “Sublime horror for your summer reading. So good i bought the hard copy and the download to read in the dark.”

Moreno-Garcia will executive produce with Milojo’s Ripa, Consuelos, and Albert Bianchini. Michael Halpern is Director of Development for Milojo.

“We feel like we hit the literary jackpot, and cannot wait to bring Silvia’s gorgeous writing to life, together with Hulu,” Ripa said.

Born in Mexico and now residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Moreno-Garcia is the best-selling author of Gods of Jade and Shadow, Certain Dark Things, Untamed Shore, and other works. Additionally, Moreno-Garcia has edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning, She Walks in Shadows.

“I am excited to see the novel come to life and to meet the talented, diverse crew and cast members that will take us on this journey,” Moreno-Garcia said.

CAA reps Moreno-Garcia and repped the TV sale of Mexican Gothic on behalf of Eddie Schneider of JABberwocky Literary Agency. Milojo is repped by CAA and attorney Jake Levy.

‘Selling Sunset’ star Chrishell Stause having a ball as fans slam Justin Hartley

(8/10/20) Chrishell Stause is tight-lipped when it comes to details about her divorce from Justin Hartley, but she’s said plenty on social media.

The soap star and real estate agent, 39, was forced to talk about her bombshell divorce during Season 3 of “Selling Sunset,” which premiered on Friday, and has kept up with fans’ comments regarding her claim that the “This Is Us” star, 43, told her that he filed for divorce via text just 45 minutes before the news broke.

Page Six reported that Hartley filed for divorce in November and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.

“This n—- Justin Hartley TEXTED Chrishell that he was divorcing her?!? #SellingSunset,” one fan tweeted on Saturday, to which Stause responded with a GIF of Jordan Peele sweating profusely.

“Me trying to keep it classy and not like your tweet,” she wrote back.

Stause also responded to a fan who used a GIF of Kristin Davis as Charlotte York yelling “I curse the day you were born!” at Chris Noth as Mr. Big in the “Sex and the City” movie, saying, “My favorite gif” with the laughing face emoji.

She sent a GIF of Lady Gaga hugging herself as a response to a fan who disagreed with her co-star Davina Potratz saying that there were two sides to the divorce.

And of course, Stause responded with skull emojis to a fan who commented on her presence at co-star Christine Quinn’s wedding, saying: “Chrishell didn’t deserve the fake snow assaulting her, ok!? Justin Fartley ended their marriage over a TEXT and she STILL came to support her bully’s wedding…WHILE dying on the inside?! AND DAVINA HAD THE NERVE?! NOT THIS. #SellingSunset.”

Stause’s rep didn’t immediately get back to us.

Justin Hartley Texted Chrishell About Divorce ... Claims 'Selling Sunset' Star

(8/6/20) (Video) Justin Hartley cold-heartedly fired off a text to Chrishell Stause about filing for divorce ... so claims the "Selling Sunset" star.

Chrishell broke down telling co-star Mary Fitzgerald about exactly how she found out the "This Is Us" star wanted out of their marriage. It's pretty heartbreaking ... Chrishell choked back tears before revealing, "I found out because he texted me that we were filed [for divorce]."

The actress/real estate agent says at first she thought Justin was joking but pretty quickly reality set in ... adding that "45 minutes later the world knew." TMZ broke the story ... Justin filed for divorce in November 2019 after 2 years of marriage. She later strongly hinted she was blindsided by the news ... and now we know why.

Chrishell says she spoke to Justin after he dropped the bombshell on her but that was the end of their communication. She was clearly distraught ... saying even though they were only married for 2 years they were together for 6 years. She said if this is what Justin really wanted "there are better ways to go about it."

The Netflix hit "Selling Sunset" premieres season 3 beginning Friday ... and the season's storyline largely centers around the sudden end of Chrishell and Justin's marriage.

That's playing out pretty publicly -- Justin's moved on and has been photographed getting cozy with a new GF.

General Hospital's Kelly Monaco Recast Temporarily With Lindsay Hartley

(7/31/20) On the veritable eve of ABC’s General Hospital returning with its first fresh episodes in 10 weeks comes word that the character of Sam will soon, if temporarily, look different.

As reported by Daytime Confidential, Passions alum Lindsay Hartley (ex-Theresa) was tapped to fill in as Sam, replacing longtime cast member Kelly Monaco in the role.

“Some big shoes to fill…precious too,” Hartley shared on Twitter. “I hope you enjoy watching Sam as much as I have enjoyed playing her, temporarily”

Why the short-term switcheroo? Monaco’s mother fielded that burning question on Twitter, once GH fans got to fretting.

“Kelly is great and should be back on set Monday,” Carmina Monaco reassured, explaining that Kelly was sidelined by a 14-day quarantine after encountering a breathing problem with her mask on her first day back on the soap’s set. But after three COVID tests that all came up negative, “I’d say she is better than great,” Carmina said. “Thank you for all of the love” ABC recently announced that General Hospital will be back on the air with new episodes beginning Monday, Aug. 3, having resumed production after a four-month coronavirus-imposed shutdown.

GH will be the second of broadcast TV’s four daytime dramas to get back on the air with new episodes, following CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful, which returned with originals on July 21.

A return date for The Young and the Restless, which has been back in production for a week, remains TBD. NBC’s Days of Our Lives — currently in the throes of a mass cast exodus — will head back to the studio in September without any lapse in fresh material (the show benefited from having eight months of episodes banked when production was halted in March).

Kelly Monaco Temporarily Replaced By Passions' Lindsay Hartley at General Hospital

(7/30/20) (daytimeconfidential.com) Sam McCall Morgan (Kelly Monaco) will have a new face when General Hospital returns this August! According to sources, Monaco's role has been temporarily recast.

Passions, Days of Our Lives and All My Children alum Lindsay Hartley is stepping in as Sam. Hartley is only expected to fill in for a couple of weeks.

Eva LaRue reveals home of John Callahan broken into; car, identity stolen after death: 'It's been a nightmare'

(7/29/20) (foxnews.com) Actress Eva LaRue, the ex-wife of late “All My Children” star John Callahan, has been reeling in the wake of his untimely death in March.

The “CSI: Miami” star has been picking up the pieces to Callahan’s life since the longtime soap opera performer had his home ransacked and his personal and material property stolen in the days after his death due to a massive stroke. He was 66.

“It has definitely been a roller coaster because not only is my daughter [Kaya Callahan] grieving so hard, but I'm grieving separately in my way, too, because he has been my great friend,” LaRue – who was married to Callahan from 1996 to 2004 – lamented to Fox News.

“And at the same time, somebody broke into his house right after he died and stole his identity, his car, his laptop,” continued the Emmy-winner. “They have been taking out loans and credit cards in his name and they’ve siphoned money out of his bank account – it's been a nightmare. A nightmare."

LaRue, who also performed alongside Callahan on the ABC series, said trying to remedy the difficult situation has been daunting as tedious phone calls and emails have been taking much longer or have simply gotten nowhere.

“As you can imagine, every phone call is being put on hold for like 20 minutes or an hour or two hours, and then people being like, ‘I'm sorry, we can't help you.’ It's just like a bureaucratic nightmare,” LaRue said. “Every phone call that we make to try to fix the situation is just insane.”

LaRue said some progress has been made in apprehending the alleged culprit, which if the global coronavirus pandemic wasn’t enough of a burden, the predicament itself has “wreaked havoc” on their family.

“It's just sick and messed up,” fumed the actress and model. “And I mean, the good thing is that they're circling the wagons around this person. And so he's going to get caught. But in the meantime, it's wreaked such havoc for the last four months, like such crazy havoc.”

But despite the misfortune amid Callahan’s tragic passing, LaRue -- who recently took home an Emmy for outstanding guest performer for her role in “The Young and the Restless,” receiving her nomination just two weeks after Callahan’s death -- has been hard at work on the Pure Flix original limited series, “Finding Love in Quarantine."

The show was filmed entirely in isolation and with a skeleton crew.

“I thought it was such a sweet story and it was so topical how we're all just we're feeling so lonely and reaching out via social media and Zoom in all of these things -- like it was just so topical that I really wanted to do it,” LaRue said of the limited series that also stars Tom Arnold, Stacey Dash and David White.

She continued: "I just loved the love story idea and I'm sure that it actually speaks to a lot of people because I know there were a lot of people that, that was the way that they were falling in love -- was just reaching out through all this madness in any way they could.”

She said she jumped at the opportunity to play in this limited filming space because the art of human interaction has seemingly been a lost art in recent years with growing technology, social media, and pesky dating apps. Plus, the coronavirus pandemic has “forced” people back into human habits.

“It’s exactly right. It forced people – the great thing about this insane [time] is that I think there's actually been a lot of interesting positives that have come out of this whole quarantine nightmare,” explained LaRue. “And that was a lot of self-reflection – which normally none of us ever slow down enough to do – and we’ve had an inordinate amount of self-reflection time and more than we'll probably ever have in our lifetimes again.”

Added the writer and producer: “And the fact that we really realized how much we need real interaction – not just texting interaction – but how we actually need that face time and I think we all really realized how much we desperately missed human touch. There's definitely an appreciation factor that you came out of that over these last four months.”

Given the strict social distancing guidelines, LaRue said it created a “weird” dynamic filming on an empty set and praised director Matt Shapira, as well as Tommy Blaze and David White, for their creativity in bringing the project together.

“I didn't get to work with everyone because of the way we shot it – we were shooting in quarantine. So we literally had – everybody was separate so that we wouldn't all be on the same set,” LaRue explained. “So the only person I worked with was Stacey Dash and the director/cameraman and the sound/lighting person. So we were just as minimal as you could get.

“And then David White worked with his real daughter,” added LaRue. “So it's just the two of them in their house shooting. So everybody worked separately so that we could put this thing together in quarantine. David shot in his own home and then we shot in a separate home for me – and it was the director's home that Stacey and I shot in. And I don't know where they shot everybody else because I wasn't there on those days at all.”

LaRue, who also starred on “CSI: Miami” for eight seasons from 2005 to 2012, said that machine would be impossible to reproduce in the era of COVID-19 and social distancing.

“It's weird because I mean, everybody's tentatively coming back if they're coming back at all because it's so hard on a regular night – I mean, thankfully, this was a short-form series so we didn't have to meet,” she said. “But if we tried to come back with 'CSI Miami' – we had 300 people on that show between writers and producers and grips and lighting and sound and makeup and hair and wardrobe and interns and casting – all the stuff.”

“We had almost 300 people who made that whole baby run and I don't know if they could have – we simply couldn't have done it,” she added. “Maybe they could have done it with 100 people, but 100 people still wouldn't be allowed right now.”

LaRue said she empathizes with the thousands of workers in Hollywood who all of a sudden found themselves out of a job due to COVID-19 and said everyone is united in the sense that no one knows if or when their job could be pulled.

“It's going to be crazy because nobody knows anything,” she said. “I think that's the weirdest thing about this is that we've kind of trudged through life year after year, decade after decade pretty much knowing that we will have a job – some job somewhere, if not this job, another job – and that for the most part unless something really traumatic happens, there's always the hope that, 'OK, maybe this job ended but, you know, there's going to be a better one on the horizon or something better.'”

“Right now, we're all really in this crazy limbo of, 'Will it get better?' And yes, eventually. But wow," she added. "This is the first time in my whole life – maybe in all of our existence – that there is really nothing promised to any of us right now. Period.”

Susan Lucci Regis Tribute

(7/28/2) therealsusanlucci: Oh, Regis—I am so shocked and so incredibly sad to learn of your passing. Your warmth and charm and devilish sense of humor made the world fall in love with you—and all of us who had the privilege and joy to work with you adored you!

Those five years we traveled the country appearing together on stage are full of some of my favorite memories.

Helmut and I send our love and heartfelt sympathy to beautiful Joy and your entire family.

You were one of a kind, Rege— There Will Never Ever Be Another You.

RIP, Regis—and thank you.

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest pay tribute to Regis Philbin on ‘Live!’

(7/27/20) Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest paid tribute to the late Regis Philbin on Monday’s episode of “Live! with Kelly and Ryan,” three days after the 88-year-old TV legend died of natural causes.

“It’s been a very difficult and emotional day for all of us at ‘Live.’ Kelly, I know a tough weekend for you especially because you worked with our dear friend, a friend that passed away over the weekend, Regis Philbin,” Seacrest began. “A legend on television. A best friend to so many of us who didn’t even know him, across the country.”

Ripa, 49, who co-hosted “Live!” with Philbin for 11 years, said she was surrounded by her family on Saturday upon hearing the “horrible news” of Philbin’s death.

“As people get older, you always know that certain things are inevitable, and passing away is one of those things, but Regis is one of the people that we all believed, I think, would somehow figure out a way around the inevitable. It was not in the cards,” an emotional Ripa said.

Philbin’s family confirmed his death on Saturday. He was one month shy of his 89th birthday.

Seacrest, 45, who joined “Live!” in 2017, added how he looked up to Philbin, reflecting on when they worked together during a Disney parade years prior.

“I remember watching him as a child growing up, and I was so excited to see him on TV because I feel like I knew him,” Seacrest said. “I remember when I got the chance to work with you [Ripa] and Regis the first time on that parade. I thought, ‘I made it.'”

In addition to Ripa and Seacrest, longtime “Live!” producer Michael Gelman also spoke about Philbin’s legacy on Monday’s show.

“I came to Regis as a kid and he took a chance on me,” Gelman, 58, said. “He was responsible for my career, my family, he was there when I met my wife.”

On Saturday, Ripa and Seacrest posted a joint message on Instagram, sharing the same photo as they posed together with Philbin and Mickey Mouse.

“We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin,” the statement read. “He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes every day on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire every day to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place.”

Earlier on Monday, former “Live!” star Kathie Lee Gifford recalled her final encounter with Philbin just two weeks ago.

“I just thought to myself, ‘Lord, is that the last time I’m going to see my friend?’ Cause he was failing, I could tell,” she said on the “Today” show.a €.@

Talk Show Appearance

(7/24/20) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated

Th 7/30: Eva LaRue

Dishing with Digest - 7/24/20 - Cady McClain

(7/24/20) (Listen/ download) Cady McClain remembers her years as ALL MY CHILDREN's Dixie, AS THE WORLD TURNS's Rosanna and Y&R's Kelly, discusses her real-life romance with Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GH) and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the shows return to production and the shocking DAYS exits.

Selling Sunset Trailer: Chrishell's Divorce Takes Center Stage in Season 3

(7/24/20) (Video) “I really want to be excited about my wedding,” Christine says in the trailer for Season 3 of Netflix’s Selling Sunset. “But obviously it’s being overshadowed by Chrishell‘s divorce.” (For those who don’t speak fluent Christine, this is her attempt at compassion. We think.)

The real estate moguls of The Oppenheim Group return for a third season on Friday, Aug. 7, and if there’s one thing that the trailer makes abundantly clear, it’s that the commissions — and the drama!!! — have never been higher.

Sure, the show remains pure Los Angeles real estate porn, but the business side of things quickly gets overshadowed — much like Christine’s wedding! — by the breaking news that Chrishell’s husband, This Is Us star Justin Hartley, has filed for divorce. (The TMZ article that Christine dramatically recites in the trailer is from Nov. 22, 2019 for those of you who appreciate a complete timeline.) Mary genuinely reaches out to Chrishell in her time of need, but when the divorce is brought up publicly at Christine’s wedding — did we mention that Christine is getting married this season?! — Chrishell is in no mood to defend herself. “I don’t want to do this anymore,” she says, storming off.

‘Sweet Magnolias’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

(7/23/20) Sweet Magnolias will return for a second go-round. Netflix has renewed the series for a second season, with stars Joanna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott and Heather Headley all set to return.

Sweet Magnolias, based on Sherryl Woods’ popular series of novels published by Harlequin imprint MIRA books, follows lifelong best friends Maddie (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), Dana Sue (Brooke Elliott), and Helen (Heather Headley) as they juggle relationships, family, and careers in the charming small town of Serenity, SC.

Sweet Magnolias and Virgin River are part of Netflix’s push into the romance drama space, both based on bestselling novels with female protagonists. Virgin River is slated to premiere its second season later this year.

Woods executive produces with Sheryl J. Anderson (Ties That Bind) who also serves as showrunner. Dan Paulson, whose Daniel L. Paulson Productions is producing, also serves as executive producer.

Josh Duhamel Directorial Debut ‘Buddy Games’ Lands At Saban Films

(7/23/20) Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to Buddy Games, the directorial debut feature from Josh Duhamel, who also stars alongside Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Dax Shepard (Chips), Kevin Dillon (Entourage), James Roday (Psych), Nick Swardson (Sandy Wexler) and Dan Bakkedahl (Veep).

Written by Duhamel, the plot centers on a group of friends who reunite to play the Buddy Games, a wild assortment of absurd physical and mental challenges. In the process, they’ll heal old wounds, right past wrongs and figure out the true meaning of friendship…or die trying.

Michael J. Luisi (Fighting with My Family), Duhamel, and Jude Weng produced. Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban with attorney Matt Saver on behalf of the filmmakers.

Saban’s upcoming release slate includes, The Stand-In with Drew Barrymore in a dual lead role, Breach starring Bruce Willis, the Alicia Silverstone wedding comedy Sister of the Groom, and Twist starring Michael Caine, Lena Headey, and Rita Ora.

Amazon Studios Zeroes In on Paramount’s ‘Without Remorse’ Starring Michael B. Jordan

(7/23/20) After Skydance sent the next Ryan Reynolds-Shawn Levy movie to Netflix, Paramount is finalizing a deal to move it’s adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse to Amazon Studios, We have confirmed.

The film stars Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Smith-Turner and Jamie Bell with Stefano Sollima directing. Taylor Sheridan penned the script. Skydance is co-financier the project.

If a deal closes, the film marks the second Clancy property to find a home at Amazon with the John Krasinski TV series, Jack Ryan, featured on Amazon Prime. This would also mark the third film Paramount has had to off-load since the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown the industry with the studio sending The Lovebirds and The Trial of the Chicago Seven to Netflix. For Amazon, it’s the second film they have acquired from a studio due to the pandemic, also landing rights to the David Bautista action-comedy My Spy as well. The film premiered on the service in June.

In the movie, Jordan is starring as operations officer John Clark, also known as John Terrence Kelly, a former Navy SEAL who goes to work for the CIA.

Chrishell Stause’s mother dies after battle with lung cancer

(7/20/20) “Selling Sunset” star Chrishell Stause confirmed Saturday that her mother had died after a battle with lung cancer.

“In disbelief that you are gone,” Stause captioned a collection of family photos on Instagram. “Feeling just about every emotion, but I find comfort knowing Dad is up there taking care of you and showing you the ropes like only he could.”

Stause, 38, who lost her father to cancer in April 2019, said “there is a peace knowing” her parents are “together again.”

“Absolutely heartbreaking watching you take your last labored breath, but there is a peace knowing you two are together again, free from the pain that plagued your time here,” she continued. “A free spirit and rebel till the very end. My beautiful Mom, in your own words #F–Cancer.”

Stause then thanked those at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in her native Kentucky, telling the staff their “kindness and care in this time will never be forgotten.”

In February, Stause opened up about her mom’s cancer diagnosis, two months after the Netflix star had split from husband Justin Hartley.

“I just found out today is #worldcancerday eerily on the same day I found out my mom has 1 to 2 months to live from the same lung cancer that took my dad on Easter,” Stause posted to social media at the time. “I can’t make sense of what life is teaching me yet, but my heart is with every person fighting this horrible disease and every person that it robbed a loved one from.”

Last month, Stause posted a video of her mom modeling a wig she had previously worn to an award show.

“So I wore this wig many years ago to the American Music Awards just for fun to change it up. But now since my mom has lost her hair from cancer treatment, I felt like what better time to dust it off and have a little fun?? Here’s me teaching my mom to give a good soap turn-hair flip,” she captioned the clip.

Download the Emmys App to Watch Past, Present, and Future Shows!

(7/16/20) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was planning to create a special app to allow fans to live-stream the award ceremonies on their computers, mobile devices, and smart TVs, but then this year’s main Daytime Emmy Awards was actually broadcast on television for the first time in years. However, NATAS has now announced the release of The Emmys app in time to watch the upcoming ceremonies this summer!

“Television programming and its underlying technology have each gone through immense change over the more than seven decades the Emmys have recognized excellence in both facets of our industry,” said Adam Sharp, NATAS President & CEO. “Our awards have adapted through each of these transitions. Working with Vimeo, we now bring our celebration of this dynamic community of creators to all of the devices the audience uses to watch the television programming they love.”

The platform will allow fans to watch behind the scenes interviews, clips of memorable moments, and past Emmy ceremonies. Plus, you’ll be able to watch the upcoming shows live as they happen, because this year’s Daytime Emmys were split up into multiple shows to separate out the categories. Here’s what’s coming up:

Sunday, July 19, at 9 p.m. ET: The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards – Digital Dramas
Sunday, July 26, at 8 p.m. ET: The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards – Children’s, Lifestyle, and Animation
Tuesday, August 11, at 8 p.m. ET: The 41st Annual Sports Emmy Awards
September 2020: The 41st Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards

The app is completely free and all you have to do is sign up. Watch The Emmys is available on the web, as well as for iOS, Android, Amazon FireTV, and Roku.

Hallmark Renews ‘Home & Family’, ‘Good Witch’, ‘Chesapeake Shores’, Sets Date For Christmas Kickoffs

(7/15/20) The Hallmark Channel on Wednesday said it has renewed its flagship daily lifestyle series Home & Family for a ninth season along with reupping its original series Good Witch for Season 7 and Chesapeake Shores for Season 5 as Crown Media Family Networks unveiled is 2020-21 programming slate.

Crown Media also announced the first 18 of 40 Christmas movies planned for the company’s two flagship networks, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. In the works are projects with the likes of current network regulars Ashley Williams and Kimberly Williams-Paisley on a two-part movie about real sisters, with each of them playing the lead in one of the films. The company is also developing projects with Holly Robinson Peete and Tamera Mowry-Housley.

Both Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” and HM&M’s “Miracles of Christmas” movie blocks will kick off October 23, Crown Media said, the former with 23 new original films and the latter with 17 originals.

The announcements come as Hallmark Channel in April renewed its original series When Calls The Heart for an eighth season, after finishing its seventh season (its first without Lori Loughlin.)

The Emmy-nominated Home & Family will return hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison to the show, which features celebrity interviews and tips on cooking, DIY, gardening, wellness and more.

Good Witch stars Catherine Bell, who has portrayed the lead character Cassie Nightingale for the past 13 years. Family drama Chesapeake Shores is based on Sherryl Woods’ bestselling novels and stars Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Treat Williams and Diane Ladd.

Hallmark Channel also said it is bringing back its pet-centric specials American Humane Hero Dog Awards (on October 19) along with Kitten Bowl VIII and American Rescue Dog Show set for February 2021.

Here are the 18 holiday movies announced today:

Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas:
• “A Royal Holiday”, starring Laura Osnes, Aaron Tveit and Krystal Joy Brown
• “Jingle Bell Bride”, starring Julie Gonzalo and Ronnie Rowe
• “A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn”, starring Rochelle Aytes and Mark Taylor
• “If I Only Had Christmas”, starring Candace Cameron Bure
• “Deliver by Christmas”, starring Alvina August and Eion Bailey
• “On the 12th Date of Christmas”, starring Mallory Jansen and Tyler Hynes
• “Christmas Waltz”, starring Lacey Chabert
• “Christmas in Vienna”, starring Sarah Drew and Brennan Elliott
• “Christmas in Evergreen 4”, starring Rukiya Bernard and Holly Robinson Peete
• “Chateau Christmas”, starring Merritt Patterson and Luke Macfarlane
• “Cross Country Christmas”, starring Rachael Leigh Cook
• “Christmas Carnival”, starring Tamera Mowry-Housley
• “When Calls the Heart Christmas 2020”, starring Erin Krakow, Pascale Hutton, Jack Wagner, Kavan Smith, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry, Paul Greene, Andrea Brooks and Martin Cummins

HM&M’s Miracles of Christmas
• “Christmas Tree Lane” starring Alicia Witt and Andrew Walker
• “Holly & Ivy” starring Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan, and Marisol Nichols
• “The Christmas Bow” starring Lucia Micarelli and Michael Rady
• “Cranberry Christmas” starring Nikki DeLoach and Benjamin Ayres
• “Christmas Doctor” starring Holly Robinson Peete.

Chrishell Stause responds to claims she and Justin Hartley went to therapy

(7/14/20) Chrishell Stause is slamming her “Selling Sunset” co-star, Christine Quinn, for telling Page Six that she and her ex-husband, Justin Hartley, went to therapy before their split.

“I just learned Christine is giving press ‘information’ about my divorce,” Stause, 38, tweeted on Monday. “Let me be VERY clear. She knows absolutely nothing about the situation and is obviously desperate to gain attention by doing so. Anything from her is either a complete lie or total conjecture on her part.”

Hartley, 43, filed for divorce in November, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split. Stause claimed in the trailer for her show’s upcoming third season that she was “blindsided.”

However, Quinn, 31, told us that the couple were “having communication problems for a while.”

“We heard that they were in therapy, so obviously there were some issues going on with them,” she added.

After our interview published, Stause added in a separate tweet, “It’s so frustrating and unfortunate that someone would use someone’s personal painful situation to get press for themselves. I can’t say I am surprised, but please check the source. She has absolutely zero knowledge of the marriage we had.”

When a fan tagged Quinn in Stause’s tweets, saying, “I haven’t even heard of u speaking about her marriage other than u felt sorry for her,” Quinn responded, “I didn’t say anything bad at all.”

In our interview, Quinn also praised Hartley as an “absolute doll” and “sweetheart.”

She said, “I thought that was really interesting considering the dynamic between Chrishell and I. He has been nothing but nice and supportive to us.”

A rep for Stause did not return requests for comment.

Christine Quinn reveals Justin Hartley, Chrishell Stause went to therapy before split

(7/13/20) Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause’s divorce came as a shock to many — including Stause, 38, who admitted to being “blindsided” in the trailer for Season 3 of “Selling Sunset.”

But her co-star, Christine Quinn, reveals the couple was seeking help for their marital issues before they split.

“We all just thought maybe they were having communication problems for a while,” Quinn, 31, told Page Six. “We heard that they were in therapy, so obviously there were some issues going on with them.”

While the reality star admitted she doesn’t know exactly what caused the exes to finally call it quits, Quinn shared that infidelity was not a topic that was ever discussed amongst the group.

In May, Hartley, 43, was spotted kissing his former “The Young and the Restless” co-star, Sofia Pernas, just six months after filing for divorce from Stause.

Quinn said fans won’t see a lot of Hartley and Stause’s relationship play out on the hit Netflix series because the former couple agreed to keep their relationship private.

“I think that was the understanding that they had is that he wanted to be totally private in regards to ‘Selling Sunset,’ which she respected,” she said. “So, we’re never going to see him on the show and we’re never going to see her talk about him, and I really don’t think there’s ever any resolve unfortunately.”

Despite her co-star’s divorce, the real estate agent had only nice things to say about Hartley, whom she said treated her very kindly even though she has had a rift with his soon-to-be ex-wife.

“I hung out with him many times and he was an absolute doll,” Quinn said. “He was an absolute sweetheart, especially to Davina [Potratz] and I, and I thought that was really interesting considering the dynamic between Chrishell and I. He has been nothing but nice and supportive to us.”

Quinn recalled an interaction at The Critics Choice Awards in June 2019, in which she felt snubbed by Stause, but welcomed by Hartley.

“We went to the Critic’s Choice Awards together, and Chrishell was ignoring me at that time, of course, and running out of the room, but [Justin] is such a gentleman,” Quinn said. “He came up and took the time to say ‘Hi’ and have a conversation with Davina and I, and he is just, he is really, really, down to earth, humble, great guy, in my opinion, so he’s always treated me with respect.”

Stause recently told Radio One’s “The Reality Tea” podcast that she blocked Quinn on social media for allegedly bringing “toxic insults and toxic energy” to her profile page. The women’s rift began when they had a blowout fight on the Season 1 finale.

However, Quinn told us she is ready to “move on” and that many of her other cast members would like them to do the same.

“The other girls and I are really great at our jobs in real estate and filming a television show, because we understand that we get in fights, but at the end of the day, we’re always able to make up,” the realtor said. “Maya [Vander] is tired of it. Heather [Rae Young] is tired of it. Davina is tired of it. Everyone is just exhausted by her ignoring me, so I hope that maybe next season we can move forward, but I’ve been trying.”

Quinn added that Stause has a “brick wall” in “every aspect of her life.”

“You’ll see that on the show,” she said. “You don’t know much about her and you never really will, so I just wish that her and I could be in a better place.”

A rep for Stause did not immediately return our request for comment.

William DeVry & Rebecca Staab Chat 7/10/20

(7/10/20) (Video) Watch William DeVry (Julian Jerome) from General Hospital and his longtime partner Rebecca Staab (Jesse Matthews) from Guiding Light as they have a chat in The Locher Room.

Guiding Light / Misguided - Reunion 7/8/20

(7/8/20) (Video) Jean Carol (Tamara), Stephanie Gatschet (Stephanie), Justin Klosky (Doyle) and creator / star Paul Gosselin (Paul) of Misguided joined The Locher Room to discuss this short digital drama and share stories from their time on Guiding Light. www.MisguidedSeries.com

Chrishell Stause says public divorce from Justin Hartley was ‘traumatizing’

(7/8/20) (Video) “Selling Sunset” star Chrishell Stause admits that having her divorce to ex Justin Hartley play out on her show and in the media has been “traumatizing.”

“Unfortunately, I’m in a position where more has been shared that I would have ever chosen because this was not a choice that I made,” she said on “RealiTea with Derek Z” this week. “Nor was this the timing that I would have chosen while I was filming a show, so I’m already in a position where so much has been shared that I wouldn’t have opted for.”

Hartley, 43, filed for divorce from Stause, 38, in November after two years of marriage.

Season 3 of Stause’s Netflix reality show, “Selling Sunset,” will offer viewers a look inside the aftermath of the couple’s split.

“It’s an embarrassing, humiliating type of thing to go through without cameras and without people judging you, so I just hope people are gentle when they watch,” the real estate agent said. “We’re real people. This was a traumatizing time in my life and it’s going to be hard for me to watch it myself.”

Hartley, who stars on NBC’s “This Is Us,” appears to have recently moved on to a new relationship. He was spotted kissing his former “The Young and Restless” co-star Sofia Pernas, 30, in May.

Meanwhile, Stause is open to dating again, too, saying she would go on a date with Brad Pitt. “It’s so cliché,” she said, “but it’s cliché for a reason.”

Tonya Pinkins’ Thriller ‘Red Pill’ Puts A Frightening Lens On The 2020 Election

(7/7/20) (Video) With the current state of the social and cultural landscape, perception of race as well as political climate, the 2020 election is going to be one hell of a ride — and Tonya Pinkins’ (Fear The Walking Dead, Madame Secretary) forthcoming film Red Pill looks to deliver those thrills.

Written, directed, produced and starring Tony award-winning actress Pinkins, Red Pill has nothing to do with The Matrix, where a physical red pill is taken to reveal unpleasant truths. Based on the teaser trailer above for Red Pill, the title refers to someone who infiltrates a group and destroys them from the inside. The political thriller sets itself as a wake-up call as about American politics, putting a haunting spotlight on the weaponization of Whiteness and White Supremacy as well as the waves of “Beckys” and “Karens” calling the police on Black people for simply being Black.

Red Pill is set days before the 2020 election as a group of progressive canvassers of all races drive to Virginia to get out the vote. As soon as they cross the state line it is clear they are not welcome. Distressing clues indicate that they should get out of their rental house while the getting is good. They decide to stay, armed with their heart, humor and naiveté — but what they really need is heavy artillery.

“I wrote my own personal Get Out,” said Pinkins, “#Uprising2020 is White people waking up to the world Black and Brown folks have always known. Black women are intimately familiar with ‘Becky’ and ‘Karen,’ White women, who on the low end of the spectrum treat us as invisible, and on the high end weaponize their whiteness and sometimes cost us our lives. Red Pill‘s #Karengonewild is a dose of what’s coming to America if liberal Whites don’t wake up.”

Pinkins stars in the film alongside Rubén Blades (Fear the Walking Dead), Catherine Curtain (Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, Homeland), Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Colby Minifie (The Boys, Fear the Walking Dead), Luba Mason (Person of Interest, NYPD Blue), Jake O’Flaherty (Criminal Minds, Shameless) and Adesola Osakalumi.

Watch the teaser for Red Pill above.

Forrest Compton, ‘Gomer Pyle’ Actor, Dies of Coronavirus Complications at 94

(7/6/20) Forrest Compton, who played Col. Edward Gray on Gomer Pyle: USMC and had a long run on the daytime soap opera The Edge of Night, has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 94.

Compton died Sunday, according to a report in the Shelter Island Reporter.

As Col. Gray, Compton regularly chewed out Frank Sutton’s Sgt. Vince Carter on Gomer Pyle, which aired on CBS from 1964-69. This, of course, often came after Sutton had abused his favorite private, Gomer (Jim Nabors).

Compton was the third actor to play former cop and crusading Monticello district attorney Mike Karr on The Edge of Night, starring on the CBS-ABC serial from 1971 until the show’s cancellation in 1984. He later appeared on two other soaps, As the World Turns and All My Children.

Raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, Compton served with the 103rd Infantry Division in France during World War II and studied acting at the Yale Drama School, where one of his classmates was Paul Newman.

He went on to work on such shows as Death Valley Days, Route 66, The Twilight Zone, 77 Sunset Strip, My Three Sons, That Girl, Mannix, The F.B.I. and Ed.

Ed Vane Dies: Former Group W Productions And ABC-TV President Was 93

(7/5/20) Edwin T. Vane, a former ABC television executive and president of Group W Productions, died of natural causes on June 26 in Los Angeles. He was 93.

A Fordham University graduate, Vane started his career as a page at NBC. After working his way up to become a daytime television executive, he was pitched a game show idea by Merv Griffin in 1963 that was intriguing, but lacked form. Vane suggested a three-stage structure, each with increasing value, capped by a final round that gave trailing contestants a chance to win. Thus, Jeopardy! was created and debuted in March 1964.

In 1965, Vane became VP of daytime programming at ABC. Under his leadership, ABC introduced such shows as The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, Let’s Make a Deal, One Life To Live and Good Morning America. He also developed The Beatles cartoon series, which became the highest-rated show in the history of Saturday morning television.

Vane was then promoted to ABC’s VP of primetime programming, where he helped create The American Music Awards and supervised hits like Happy Days, and Marcus Welby, M.D., as well as the critically acclaimed telefilms The Missiles of October and Eleanor and Franklin.

Vane left ABC in 1979 to become president and CEO of Group W Productions. Under his auspices, the company produced and distributed such syndicated series as The Mike Douglas Show, Hour Magazine, and PM Magazine.

Vane was a member of the board of governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also co-wrote a college textbook on television programming.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Claire, in 1998. He is survived by his sons, Richard, a longtime movie producer; Christopher, a television writer/producer; Timothy, an Army lieutenant colonel; and Paul (Brendan Paul), a salesman, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

No memorial details have been determined.

Fox Commits To Film All Six Pilots, Including Melissa Leo’s ‘Blood Relative’

(7/2/20) Fox is planning to produce all six of its pilot orders for this year’s development season and will continue to ramp up its off-cycle pilot orders.

The network has made the decision after its traditional pilot season was impacted by the COVID-19 production shutdown. Fox is the latest network to make its pilot decisions, after NBC and ABC both committed to filming five pilots.

Pilots for comedies Pivoting, starring Eliza Coupe, and This Country, the remake of the BBC series, join dramas The Big Leap, also inspired by a UK format, Argentinean remake The Cleaning Lady, Melissa Leo-fronted crime drama Blood Relative and its Goonies-inspired Untitled Film Re-Enactment Project will all be produced once production can safely resume.

Fox has extended the cast options for all of these pilots, which have all been written by women. All projects will be co-productions with Fox Entertainment and their original studio.

These shows join already ordered series including Call Me Kat, from executive producers Jim Parsons and star Mayim Bialik and animated comedies The Great North, which has already been renewed for a second season, and Housebroken.

In addition, Fox is continuing to ramp up its off-cycle pilot ordering with Our Kind Of People, from writer and exec producer Karin Gist and exec producer Lee Daniels, and the Untitled Country Music Dynasty Drama from writer and exec producer Melissa London Hilfers gaining traction.

Our Kind Of People, which began development last summer, is based on Lawrence Otis Graham’s book and centers on single mom Angela Vaughn, who risks it all and moves her family to Martha’s Vineyard with hopes of taking her natural hair care line to the next level by infiltrating the African American elite in Oak Bluffs.

Hilfers’ project originated under the SideCar banner and Jason Owen’s Sandbox Entertainment. It is a multi-generational musical drama about America’s first family of country music. The Romans divide their time between Austin, where their home is, and Nashville, where the business is.

Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn told Deadline earlier this year, that its hope is to one day be “completely off-cycle”.

He said, “Entering Fox Entertainment’s first development season as a new company, our methodology was to carefully curate our content more like a start-up; looking for new opportunities, new stories and new voices in ways perhaps others might not be able. As such, narrowing down these projects to only those that met our standards from the beginning, we still believe this crop of pilots – all from some of the finest writers, producers and talent in the business — really represents what Fox is trying to accomplish both in ‘pilot season’ but, more importantly, for our year-round ambitions.”

Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier added, “Fox established its brand – of programming and business – around the notion of boldness, nimble action and the ability to zig when others zag. I always admired Fox’s willingness to invest at times others did not see opportunity. We are not dropping pilots at this time because we entered this process deliberately, believed in these artists and partners before the COVID-19 crisis and we continue to believe in them today.”

PILOTS:

Comedies:

Pivoting (Single-camera)
Studios: Warner Bros. Television, Fox Entertainment, Kapital Entertainment
Team: Liz Astrof (EP/W), Tristram Shapeero (EP/D), Aaron Kaplan (EP), Dana Honor (EP)
Logline: Pivoting follows three women after the death of their childhood best friend. Faced with the reality that life is short, in desperate attempts to find happiness, they make a series of impulsive, ill-advised and self-indulgent decisions, strengthening their bond proving it’s never too late to screw up your life.
Cast: Eliza Coupe, Ginnifer Goodwin, Tommy Dewey

This Country (Single-camera)
Studios: Lionsgate, BBC Studios, Fox Entertainment, Feigco Entertainment
Team: Jenny Bicks (EP/W), Paul Feig (EP/D), Angie Stephenson (EP), Charlie Cooper (EP), Daisy May Cooper (EP), Dan Magnante (Co-EP), Cathy Mason (P), Rachel Mason (P)
Logline: In this half-hour comedy inspired by the BBC format, a documentary crew goes to a small town to study young adults and their current concerns. Their focus is the daily lives of cousins Kelly and Shrub Mallet and their idiosyncratic surroundings. We follow the cousins as they pursue their dreams, confront challenges, and fight each other for frozen pizza. These two don’t have much, but they do have each other.
Cast: Seann William Scott, Chelsea Holmes, Sam Straley, Taylor Ortega, Krystal Smith

Dramas:

The Big Leap
Studios: 20th Century Fox Television, Fox Entertainment
Team: Liz Heldens (EP/W), Jason Winer (EP/D), Sue Naegle (EP)
Logline: Inspired by UK format, Big Ballet, The Big Leap is a funny and contemporary tale about second chances, chasing your dreams and taking back what’s yours. The show centers on a group of diverse underdogs from all different walks of life who compete to be part of a competition reality series that is putting on a modern, hip remake of Swan Lake.
Cast: Teri Polo, Scott Foley, Ser’Darius Blain, Ray Cham, Jon Rudnitsky, Simone Recasner

Blood Relative
Studios: Paramount Television Studios, Anonymous Content, Fox Entertainment
Team: Chris Levinson (EP/W), James Renner (EP/W), Phillip Noyce (EP/D), Liza Chasin (EP)
Logline: Genetic genealogy is the best new tool in crime scene forensics, and nobody knows it like Louise Kelly. Too bad she’s impossible to deal with. Based on James Renner’s article Beyond the Jungle of Bad: The True Story of Two Women from California Who Are Solving All the Mysteries.
Cast: Melissa Leo, Tate Donovan, Tyrone Marshall Brown

The Cleaning Lady
Studios: Warner Bros Television, Fox Entertainment
Team: Miranda Kwok (EP/W), Melissa Carter (EP/Showrunner), Michael Offer (EP/D), Shay Mitchell (EP)
Logline: Based upon Argentine series, The Cleaning Lady is a darkly aspirational character drama about a whip-smart doctor who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes a cleaning lady for the mob and starts playing the game by her own rules.
Cast: Elodie Yung, Adan Canto, Vincent Piazza, Ginger Gonzaga

Untitled Film Re-Enactment Project
Studios: Warner Bros. Television, Fox Entertainment, Amblin TV
Team: Sarah Watson (EP/W), Greg Mottola (EP/D) Gail Berman (EP), Lauren Shuler Donner (EP), Richard Donner (EP), Justin Falvey (EP), Darryl Frank (EP)
Logline: After failing to make it in New York and carrying a heavy secret with her, Stella Cooper returns to her distressed automotive hometown to substitute teach. She finds inspiration, hope, and ultimately salvation when she agrees to help three students who are pursuing their filmmaking dreams by putting on an impossibly ambitious shot-for-shot remake of one of the student’s favorite movies, The Goonies. Over the course of the season, their passion will inspire a town in desperate need of hope in this love letter to the power of cinema, storytelling, and dreams.
Cast: Ramon Rodriguez.

Tonya Pinkins Joins Soap Stars for Online Reading of One-Act Plays Presented by The National Arts Club

(7/1/20) The National Arts Club will present an online reading of one-act plays by Scott C. Sickles, best known for his award-winning work as a writer on the daytime dramas General Hospital and One Life to Live, and performed by renowned soap opera stars. Sickles' two plays, The Greater and Lesser Edmunds of the World and Persephone, are read by Melissa Claire Egan (All My Children, The Young and the Restless), Christian Jules Le Blanc (The Young and the Restless), Beth Maitland (The Young and the Restless), Karla Mosley (Guiding Light, The Bold and the Beautiful), Tonya Pinkins (All My Children), and Darnell Williams (All My Children); directed by Fritz Brekeller. The performance takes place on Thursday, July 16 at 3:00 PM (EST) via Zoom. The performance is free to attend with registration at nationalartsclub.eventbrite.com.

As a television writer, Sickles has received five consecutive Writers Guild of America Awards for the daytime drama General Hospital, as well as seven Emmy Award nominations for that series and One Life to Live. His plays have been performed across the United States as well as internationally, and his work recognized with numerous awards including the New York Innovative Theater Award and the Beverly Hills Theater Guild/Julie Harris Playwriting Award.

Director Brekeller has worked extensively in the soap opera world on both coasts, winning multiple Daytime Emmy Awards, most recently in May 2019 as part of the directing team at CBS's The Young and the Restless. He received a 2016 New York Innovative Theater award for Outstanding Direction of Sickles' Composure at the Workshop Theater.

The Plays

The Greater and Lesser Edmunds: Gideon is meeting his half-brother Augie. They have met only once before, at their father's funeral...a father who kept two families at the same time. Gideon thinks he knows what Augie wants. Gideon is wrong.

Persephone: Helena gave up her daughter Persephone at birth. Today, they meet for the first time. It is going really well. Or at least it was...

Guiding Light - General Hospital Reunion 7/10/20

(6/29/20) Join William DeVry (Julian Jerome) from General Hospital and his longtime partner Rebecca Staab (Jesse Matthews) from Guiding Light when they catch-up with me live on Friday, July 10th at 3PM EST. (Watch here)

2020 BET Awards Winners

(6/28/20) Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan – WINNER

Michael B. Jordan & Amazon Studios Launch ‘Night At The Drive’ Summer Screening Series With Focus On Multi-Cultural Voices

(6/25/20) Amazon Studios and Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society are hosting a nationwide summer screening series “A Night at the Drive-In” with the Black Panther star is curating with a line-up of features celebrating diverse voices in cinemas.

The series kicks off on July 1 and runs through Aug. 26. Attendance will be at no cost to local communities for the double feature-program. As part of the concessions for the screenings, all attendees will receive refreshments provided by Black and Brown owned businesses, which are Path Water, Pipcorn Popcorn and Partake Cookies. The line-up was also co-curated by Jordan’s newly formed marketing arm 8788 and Outlier Society, every other week through the end of August.

“When Michael and our friends at Outlier proposed this idea, we instantly agreed there was no better time to celebrate these inspired films featuring diverse stories while bringing communities together to share in the experience” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “Drive-in theaters offer a unique experience in that they provide an inspiring and joyful communal experience while still maintaining safe social distance. A special thanks to our friends and colleagues at Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures.”

“With this drive-in summer series, I hope that friends and families are able to not only enjoy, but to learn and grow,” said Michael B. Jordan, Principal of Outlier Society. “Now more than ever, amplifying Black and Brown stories means engaging culture to speak to hearts and minds about the world we live in. As we use this opportunity to reimagine community and proximity, I am excited that these films will be shared and celebrated all across the country.”

Jordan and Outlier Society have a TV first-look deal with Amazon Studios. Each week the featured titles will focus on a specific theme:

Movies to make you fall in love:
Love & Basketball (Warner Bros. / New Line)
Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros.)

Movies that make you proud:
Black Panther (Disney)
Creed (Warner Bros.)

Movies to inspire your inner child:
Hook (Sony Pictures)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)

Movies to make you open your eyes:
Do The Right Thing (Universal)
Get Out (Universal).

STAR-STUDDED LINEUP OF PERFORMERS AT “BET AWARDS” 2020

(6/24/20) New York, NY – (June 24, 2020) – BET announced today that Black Thought, Jay Rock, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Mister Jahi, Nas, Public Enemy, Rapsody, Questlove, and YG will join the star-studded lineup of performers at the “BET Awards” 2020. In addition, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, along with leading entertainers Billy Porter, Courtney B. Vance, Debbie Allen, Deon Cole, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, La La Anthony, Lena Waithe, Lizzo, Michael B. Jordan, Misty Copeland, Naomi Campbell, Omari Hardwick, Quavo, Quincy Jones, Rapsody, Regina Hall, Samuel L. Jackson, Saweetie, Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, Whoopi Goldberg and more will make appearances at the annual show, which expanded its footprint to go beyond the confines of a traditional stage show in response to safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, marking a first for the network. Hosted by comedian and actress Amanda Seales, the “BET Awards” 2020 will be simulcast LIVE at 8 PM ET across ViacomCBS networks including BET, BET HER, and will make its national broadcast premiere on CBS on Sunday, June 28 (8:00 - 11:00 PM, ET/PT, 7:00 - 10:00 PM CT).

As previously announced, “BET Awards” 2020 will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher, and Wayne Brady, with appearances by BET Amplified Artists, Masego and Lonr. are also set to take the BET Amplified Music Stage, a platform for emerging artists.

Dominating this year’s nominations is Drake with a total of 6, including ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and two nods for both ‘Best Collaboration’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice’ for his features alongside Chris Brown (No Guidance) and Future (Life Is Good). Newcomers Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch follow closely behind with five nominations each. Megan Thee Stallion nominations include ‘Best Female Hip Hop,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award.’ Roddy Ricch’s nods include ‘Best Male Hip Hop,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Best New Artist,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award.’ Other leading nominees include Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Lizzo, and DaBaby, as each garnered four nominations.

Internationally, “BET Awards” 2020 will simulcast on BET Africa at 2 AM CAT on June 29th, followed by international broadcasts in the UK on June 29th at 9 PM BST, France on June 30th at 9:45 PM CEST and in South Korea on June 30th at 9 PM KST. BET will honor the ‘Best International Act’ in the main show, along with the fan-voted category ‘Best New International Act’ in the pre-show.

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET will oversee The “BET Awards” 2020 and serve as Executive Producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

BET.com/betawards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year's show.

Annie Lennox, Kristin Chenoweth And Kelly Clarkson Among Performers For Project Angel Food Telethon

(6/23/20) Project Angel Food has lined up a list of performers including Annie Lennox, Kristin Chenoweth and Kelly Clarkson for a telethon this Saturday, with Eric McCormack, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Jessica Holmes hosting.

Lead With Love: Project Angel Food Emergency Telethon will air from 7 PM to 9 PM PT on KTLA 5 in Los Angeles and stream live on the channel’s website and on the Project Angel Food page.

The goal is to raise $500,000 to support Project Angel Food’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, set up for increased needs due to the coronavirus. In the past two months, the organization has gone from serving 1,600 people a day, to serving 2,000 people a day.

Also scheduled to perform are CeeLo Green, Deborah Cox and Billy Idol, and the event will include appearances by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Elton John, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sharon Stone and Marie Osmond and others. (See below).

Founded in 1989 during the AIDS crisis, Project Angel Food medically tailored meals to people with life-threatening illnesses, including those who are at high risk for COVID-19.

“This event will blend the best nostalgic elements from the Jerry Lewis Telethon with the modern virtual fundraisers of today,” Project Angel Food executive director Richard Ayoub said in a statement.

With a mix of in-studio and virtual appearances, the telethon also will include a live phone bank where callers can talk to celebrity guests, including Jonathan Adams, Joely Fisher, Rachel Lindsay, Peter Porte, Charlie Carver, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Lawrence Zarian, Sasha Roiz, and Lauren Tom. The event is being presented by City National Bank, and executive producer is Brad Bessey. Lisa Foxx will serve as announcer and auctioneer Gabriel Butu will be the money man.

More information on the event and how to donate is here.

Others scheduled to appear include Zachary Levi, Pauley Perrette, Marianne Williamson, John Goodman, Valerie Bertinelli, Marlee Matlin, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Olivia Newton-John, Kelly Osbourne, Margaret Cho, Charo, Danny Trejo, Matt Bomer, Cheryl Tiegs, Deborah Cox, Tyler Henry, Carson Kressley, Chrissy Metz, Sandra Lee, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Jimmy Smits, Victoria Principal, Yvette Nicole Brown, Eileen Davidson, Loni Love, Chaz Dean, Sasha Alexander, Ron Cey and Josh Flagg.

Morning Show Appearance

(6/21/20) Today – NBC

Wednesday, June 24

(10-11 a.m.) Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel on TODAY

Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause Gives Her Mom Her Old Wig as She Undergoes Cancer Treatment

(6/20/20) (people.com) Chrishell Stause is giving her mom a wig she previously wore to the AMAs as she undergoes cancer treatment.

On Wednesday, Stause, who is currently visiting family in Murray, Kentucky, shared some videos of her mom wearing one of her old wigs, which she had worn to the event "for fun to change it up."

"So I wore this wig many years ago to the American Music Awards just for fun to change it up," Stause, 38, explained in the caption for a video with her mom. "But now since my mom has lost her hair from cancer treatment, I felt like what better time to dust it off and have a little fun?? Here’s me teaching my mom to give a good soap turn-hair flip."

In the clip, the luxury realtor exclaims over the wig as someone off-camera says, "I love it!"

"Oh, look at this!" she says as her mom gives a big smile. Later in the video, the mother-daughter duo give the camera a dramatic hair flip and her mom jokingly says, "You b—!"

On her Instagram Stories, Stause shared some footage from a post-cancer treatment meal out, showing her mom wearing the long brunette wig as the pair enjoyed sweet tea, chicken and dumplings and pie.

In February, Stause shared a photo from a visit with her sister to her mom's chemotherapy session.

"Staying positive and laughing in the chemo room with my mom & sis. Make the most of today ??????," she wrote in the caption.

On February 4, the All My Children star said on Instagram that a doctor had told her that her mom had only one to two months to live "from the same lung cancer that took my dad on Easter."

"I can’t make sense of what life is teaching me yet, but my heart is with every person fighting this horrible disease and every person that it robbed a loved one from," she wrote, before adding an update that said another doctor suggested chemotherapy and radiation, to which her mom "responded positively."

"The results of her new round of tests & updated prognosis is much better than before and she is a fighter! THANK YOU for every prayer said for her," she added.

The former soap opera star is "doing a lot better" recently after ex Justin Hartley suddenly filed for divorce last November, her Selling Sunset costar Mary Fitzgerald told PEOPLE last month.

"She's such a strong woman, I wouldn't have been able to go through it like she did in the public eye, but she's very strong, and she's just so down-to-earth and a trustworthy person, which is hard to find here in L.A.," Fitzgerald said.

In December, a source had told PEOPLE that the actress was "still reeling" from the split.

The second season of Selling Sunset dropped on Netflix last month, and Fitzgerald told PEOPLE that she had Stause have "got each other's back."

The season's final episode teases Stause and Hartley's divorce as a storyline in the upcoming season 3.

HBO Max Lands Kay Oyegun Spec With Tika Sumpter Starring, Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society Producing

(6/16/20) HBO Max has won a spec auction for The Ancestor, a psychological thriller script by Kay Oyegun that will be developed as a star vehicle for Tika Sumpter, produced by Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo’s Outlier Society. I’ve heard the deal was high six figures.

Several suitors were in the mix for the spec which Oyegun wrote from a story she hatched with Sumpter, who’ll play an African American female med student who finds herself in a timely psychological thriller premise in the tradition of Get Out. Sumpter has co-starred in the Ride Along films and played the future First Lady Michelle Robinson Obama in Southside With You. She most recently co-starred in Sonic The Hedgehog.

Oyegun is the This Is Us writer/producer who just made an overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television who wrote the Angela Davis movie at Lionsgate, BPI at Warner Bros and has the comedy Assisted Living and an adaptation of the Angie Thomas book The Come Up at Paramount, and the Tomi Adeyemi novel adaptation of Children of Blood and Bone at 20th Century Studios.

Pic will be produced Mayo, Jordan and Khaliah Neal of Outlier Society as well as Oyegun and Sumpter. Emily Gerson Saines will be exec producer.

Sumpter is repped by WME, Brookside Artist Management and Hansen Jacobson. Oyegun is repped by Underground and attorney Allison Binder. Outlier Society is WME, and attorney Greg Slewett.

Michael B. Jordan Tells Protesters Hollywood Must “Commit To Black Hiring”

(6/6/20) Michael B. Jordan spoke out against police brutality and racial injustice Saturday at a protest organized by the Big 4 agencies in Century City.

The actor, who played an African American killed by a police officer in the 2013 film Fruitvale Station, called on Hollywood to put its words into action and hire more African Americans.

“You committed to a 50/50 gender parity in 2020,” Jordan said. “Where is the challenge to commit to black hiring? Black content led by black executives, black consultants. Are you policing our storytelling as well? Let us bring our darkness to the light.”

The agency rally was one of more than a dozen today in the Los Angeles area, as thousands of people took to the streets demanding an end to systemic racism following the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis.

Thousands of people also gathered in downtown L.A., which has seen crowds swell over the past week outside City Hall and nearby LAPD headquarters.

In Highland Park, Grammy-winning musician Billie Eilish joined protesters and carried a sign saying “Stop Killing Black People.” She was surrounded by demonstrators wearing masks and holding signs supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

At Hollywood and Vine, a few thousand people chanted, marched and invoked the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African Americans recently killed by police officers.

Meanwhile a large crowd gathered in Pan Pacific Park and marched through the streets of the Fairfax District.

Dishing with Digest - 6/5/20 - Justin Bruening

(6/5/20) (Listen / download) ALL MY CHILDREN alum Justin Bruening (ex-Jamie) discusses his time in Pine Valley, his 15-year marriage to Alexa Havins (ex-Babe), his new Netflix series, SWEET MAGNOLIAS, and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the latest cast changes.

#UnitedAtHome: The 'All My Children' Cast Reunites — Episode 5

(5/31/20) (Video) Josh Duhamel (Leo du Pres), Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe), Chrishell Stause (Amanda Dillon), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin), and Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery) share their favorite memories from All My Children.

#UnitedAtHome: The 'All My Children' Cast Reunites — Episode 4

(5/29/20) (Video) All My Children stars Susan Lucci, Walt Willey, Leven Rambin, Alicia Minshew, Eden Riegel, and Tamara Braun reunited to share their favorite memories and behind-the-scenes stories from the making of this daytime television classic.

#UnitedAtHome: The Cast of 'All My Children' Reunites — Episode 3

(5/28/20) (Video) Entertainment Weekly reunites the cast of one of the most beloved soap operas of all time, All My Children, in the third episode of this five-part reunion series. Nine years after the finale, Alexa Havins (Babe Carey), Justin Bruening (Jamie Martin), Jacob Young (JR Chandler), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey), and Billy Miller (Richie Novak) share their favorite memories and behind-the-scenes stories from the making of this daytime television classic.

#UnitedAtHome: The Cast of 'All My Children' Reunites — Episode 2

(5/27/20) (Video) Our All My Children reunion continues with Cady McClain, Michael E. Knight, Jennifer Bassey, Jill Larson, and Darnell Williams! They are back together to discuss some of the iconic soap’s wildest moments, including the infamous death by pancake and THAT chicken suit.

#UnitedAtHome: The 'All My Children' Cast Reunites — Episode 1

(5/26/20) (Video) In the first episode, nine years after the finale, Kelly Ripa (Hayley Vaughan), Mark Consuelos (Mateo Santos), Sydney Penny (Julia Santos), and Eva LaRue (Maria Santos) share their favorite memories and behind-the-scenes secrets.

Video: All My Children Reunion 5/22/20

(5/22/20) (Video) Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward), Aiden Turner (Aiden Devane), Jacob Young (JR Chandler) and Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery) from All My Children joined The Locher Room on Friday, May 22.

‘Selling Sunset’ teases Chrishell Stause, Justin Hartley split

(5/22/20) Season 2 of Netflix’s hit real estate reality show “Selling Sunset” may have just dropped on Friday, but the series is already promising more million-dollar drama to come with its third season.

A teaser at the end of the last episode hints that cast member Chrishell Stause and “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley’s divorce will be a prominent storyline next season.

In the clip, a wedding photo of Stause, 38, and Hartley, 43, is shown being torn apart while a voice-over states, “Chrishell Stause is dealing with change. Her husband, ‘This Is Us’ star Justin Hartley, filed for divorce.” Stause is then pictured with her back to the camera looking out of a window.

The teaser then cuts to Stause telling co-star Mary Fitzgerald, “I’m just kind of in shock with it all.” Fitzgerald then asks, “He just blindsided you?”

Over footage of Stause hugging friends, her voice can then be heard saying, “I love him so much. This was my best friend. Who do I talk to now?”

Hartley and Stause tied the knot in October 2017 after dating for three years. Hartley’s “This Is Us” co-stars, Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz and Sterling K. Brown were in attendance.

But in 2019, just two years later, Hartley filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

Hartley was previously married to “Passions” actress Lindsay Korman, with whom he shares a 15-year-old daughter.

Dishing with Digest - 5/22/20 - Cameron Mathison

(5/22/20) (Listen / download) Cameron Mathison remembers his ALL MY CHILDREN days as Ryan, talks about his favorite job as the host of Hallmark's HOME & FAMILY, shares the idea behind his new venture, @allhealth360 and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview what's ahead this summer on DAYS and break down the list of this year's Daytime Emmy nominees.

All My Children cast reuniting in EW's weeklong celebration of iconic soap for #UnitedAtHome series

(5/22/20) Join EW for AMC Week May 26-29.

All My Children has it all: Drama. Amnesia. Evil twins. And now, Zoom?

The stars of the iconic soap opera will be virtually coming to your homes as part of EW's ongoing #UnitedAtHome series. During AMC Week, which kicks off May 26, EW will be bringing nearly 30 cast members to your screens, including Susan Lucci, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, and more.

The weeklong event is also for a cause, with the AMC cast choosing to support Feeding America, which is putting food on the tables of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across the country. For those who want to donate, please visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion.

The five-part series runs Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29, with new live episodes dropping every day at 10 a.m. ET/PT and two on Friday.

The first episode features Ripa, Consuelos, Eva LaRue, and Sydney Penny. Each installment of EW Cast Reunions: All My Children will be available to stream on EW.com and PeopleTV.com.

Kelly Ripa has secretly been filming ‘Live’ while quarantined in the Caribbean

(5/22/20) While Ryan Seacrest was forced to take time off while suffering from “exhaustion,” his morning show co-host Kelly Ripa has been picking up the slack from a house in the Caribbean, Page Six is told.

Ripa, husband Mark Consuelos and their three kids have been secretly quarantining away from their Manhattan home for the past few months. She’s been filming ABC’s “Live With Kelly and Ryan” from an island hideaway. Friends are staying at the family’s NYC abode while Ripa and family are away. Seacrest is filming from his LA home.

A source told us that the family was already in the Caribbean when the shelter-in-place order happened in March. They made the family decision to stay put.

Despite her tropical location, Ripa has made it no secret that she’s been struggling amid lockdown, as she teared up on air as she told how she’s missing her parents — and dealing with unruly youngsters who “won’t hug me.”

“I’m like, ‘Guys, we’ve all been on lockdown together. We’re fine, you can give me a hug,” she said.

“Kelly’s been a good soldier, as she always has been. It’s important to her to keep working — and it was super important to her and Mark to donate to pandemic relief,” the source said. (Ripa and Consuelos donated $1 million to COVID-19 causes in March.)

The family, as of Thursday, were still abroad, where they celebrated the oldest son, Michael, graduating from NYU.

Meanwhile, Consuelos has been filling in for Seacrest when he’s been off the air, most recently on Monday after Seacrest prompted fears for his health while hosting the “American Idol” finale Sunday night.

Seacrest was forced to deny he had suffered a stroke, and when he returned to “Live” Tuesday morning, he said he took the day off due to “exhaustion,” and thanked Consuelos for stepping in at the last minute.

Debra O’Connell, president and general manager of WABC, which produces “Live,” commented: “We have required our staff to work remotely until we decide to return to studio operations. We are incredibly thankful for all that Kelly, Ryan and [executive producer Michael] Gelman have done to make ‘Live With Kelly and Ryan’ the No. 1 syndicated daytime talk show during this time.”

Although the family had tried to keep their quarantine destination quiet, daughter Lola posted a phone of them landing in the Caribbean on her Instagram stories, saying “home.”

Ripa told an ABC virtual town hall: “We had planned a trip for our family, and it was supposed to be our entire family, of course.

“And we arrive and three days later the entire world changed, really, everything shut down, the government shut down, our country shut down.

“I hate to use the word ‘stuck’, but we were. We decided to stay where we were.”

The host said it was “distressing” that both her and her husband’s parents were due to join them.

She said she and Seacrest decided to keep doing the show for some normalcy, adding: “I think it’s been a great benefit to have each other, to have our viewing audience …”

AMC Fave Wants To Help You Get Healthy

(5/19/20) ALL MY CHILDREN alum Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), who co-hosts Hallmark’s HOME & FAMILY, has launched a new Instagram page, @allhealth360/, devoted to health and fitness. “I’m very excited to launch a new instagram page @allhealth360/!” he posted. “I’ve been on a health quest for many years and I receive so many questions about my diet, food, workouts, and my meditation practice. Very soon I’ll be posting interviews with experts in these fields as well as guided meditations, workouts, recipes, relationship and parenting expert interviews … and all things health related. All Health 360 has been an idea now for several years and I’m thrilled to finally dive in. 360 degrees of all things health related. I can’t wait.” Check out https://www.instagram.com/p/CAVG5OEA5Hs/ for the full announcement.

Talk Show Appearance

(5/16/20) TAMRON HALL, syndicated

We 5/20: Debbi Morgan

Talk Show Appearance

(5/16/20) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated

Tu 5/19: Susan Lucci

Morning Show Appearance

(5/15/20) Today - NBC

Thursday, May 21

(9-10 a.m.) TODAY brings the latest news and up-to-date information on the coronavirus pandemic. Susan Lucci on TODAY. JoAnn Jenkins CEO of AARP on TODAY. Overheard on 3rd. What to... Listen to: podcast recommendations with Armchair Expert’s Monica Padman.

Danny Boyle Sets ‘Methuselah’ With Michael B. Jordan At Warner Bros.

(5/15/20) Yesterday helmer Danny Boyle is set to direct Michael B. Jordan in Methuselah at Warner Bros.

Simon Beaufoy, who won an adapted screenplay Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire also and was nominated for the Boyle-directed 127 Hours, is looking to rewrite the script based on the biblical story of a man who lived to be close to 970 years old. Tony Gilroy wrote the previous draft off James Watkins’ treatment.

Jordan is producing through his Outlier Society label, which has a deal at Warners. Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford are also aboard.

‘The Good Fight’ Renewed For Season 5 By CBS All Access; Sets Shortened Season 4 Finale Date

(5/14/20) CBS All Access has ordered a fifth season of The Good Fight. With the renewal, the series will be able to continue the story of season 4, cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the ongoing halt in the production since early March, season 4, intended to be a 10-episode season, will conclude with episode 7 on Thursday, May 28, the network said Thursday.

“The Good Fight remains one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed original series on CBS All Access, and we’ve seen a tremendous response from fans this season,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, CBS All Access. “While we all had hoped to provide audiences with a 10-episode fourth season, we, among many others, have had to adapt due to the pandemic. Although it’s a shortened season, the incredible cast and crew, helmed by the incomparable Robert and Michelle King, have produced a phenomenal seven episodes. We can’t wait for viewers to see the remainder of the season and are excited to bring subscribers even more of the timely, gripping storylines the Kings bring to life next in season five.”

“It’s been weird to not be able to finish the fourth season,” said Robert and Michelle King. “It left the story in even more absurd a place than usual. So we’re thrilled that CBS All Access wants to bring The Good Fight back for an additional season, and we know what story we’re planning to tell. It’s like getting the answers to the SAT ahead of time.”

Season four of The Good Fight finds Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart navigating a very different landscape. After they lost their biggest client, Chumhum, and their founding partner’s name was tarnished, Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart was forced to accept an offer by a huge multi-national law firm, STR Laurie, to become a small subsidiary. Suddenly, all of their decisions can be second-guessed by the giant firm that is literally on top of them. While STR Laurie initially seem like benevolent overlords, we find Diane Lockhart and her colleagues chafing at their loss of independence while simultaneously investigating the emergence of a mysterious “Memo 618.”

Season four cast includes Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Sarah Steele, Nyambi Nyambi, Michael Boatman, Zach Grenier, John Larroquette, Audra McDonald and Delroy Lindo. Hugh Dancy also joined season four in a recurring role.

Robert and Michelle King serve as showrunners and executive producers of the series, which they co-created with Phil Alden Robinson. Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Brooke Kennedy, Liz Glotzer, William Finkelstein and Jonathan Tolins also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions. The Good Fight is distributed worldwide by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.

All My Children Reunion 5/22/20

(5/14/20) (Watch here) Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward), Jacob Young (JR Chandler) and Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery) from All My Children will join The Locher Room on Friday, May 22 at 4PM EST.

Video: PASSIONS CAST ZOOM REUNION!!

(5/12/20) (Video) The chat brought to you by Soap Opera Royalty includes Eric Martsolf (ex-Ethan; Brady, DAYS), Eva Tamargo (ex-Pilar), Rodney VanJohnson (ex-T.C.), Emily Harper (ex-Fancy), Jade Harlow (ex-Jessica), Brandi Burkhardt (ex-Siren), Amelia Marshall (ex-Liz), Chrystee Pharris (ex-Simone), Donn Swaby (ex-Chad), Erin Cardillo (ex-Esme), Liza Huber (ex-Gwen), Amy Castle (ex-Viki), Emily Harper (ex-Fancy), Chrystee Pharris (ex-Simone), Donn Swaby (ex-Chad) and Adrian Bellani (ex-Miguel).

‘THE STORY OF SOAPS,’ A TWO-HOUR TELEVISION EVENT

(5/12/20) ABC and PEOPLE present “The Story of Soaps,” a two-hour prime-time television event highlighting the iconic impact of the soap opera. Featuring an incredible panel of experts and voices, “The Story of Soaps” airs TUESDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

“The Story of Soaps” explores how no genre of television has laid deeper roots into our cultural consciousness and serialized storytelling than the soap opera. In today’s shifting television landscape, “The Story of Soaps” traces how female creators migrated from radio to television to become the dominant force in daytime for more than three decades. Today, that legacy is alive and well all over prime time and reality, and much of what propels modern television traces its roots back to those first sprawling, steamy storylines. “The Story of Soaps” takes an extensive look at this iconic, impactful genre and the cultural phenomenon its massive impact has had on the world at large.

“The Story of Soaps” brings together an impressive company of experts and familiar voices to help illustrate this remarkable story (listed alphabetically by first name):

Abigail De Kosnik, author

Agnes Nixon, creator of “All My Children”

Alec Baldwin, actor

Allan Sugarman, co-founder of Soap Opera Festivals Inc.

Andy Cohen, creator

Angela Shapiro-Mathes, executive

Brad Bell, executive producer

Bryan Cranston, actor

Carol Burnett, actor

Chandra Wilson, actor

Chris Van Etten, writer

David Jacobs, creator

Deidre Hall, actor

Denise Richards, actor

Donna Mills, actor

Drake Hogestyn, actor

Eddie Mills, actor

Eileen Davidson, actor and reality star

Erika Jayne, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

Erika Slezak, actor

Finola Hughes , actor

Genie Francis, actor

Greg Vaughan , actor

James H. Brown, writer

Jill Farren Phelps, executive producer

John Aniston, actor

John McCook, actor

John Stamos, actor

Jon Hamm, actor

Jonathan Murray, executive producer

Joyce Becker, co-founder of Soap Opera Festivals Inc.

Kate Coyne, editorial director, entertainment, PEOPLE

Ken Olin, executive producer

Krista Smith, consultant

Laura Wright, actor

Lorraine Broderick, head writer

Marc Samuel, actor

Marc Cherry, creator

Mark Teschner, casting director

Mary Crosby, actor

Maurice Benard, actor

Melody Thomas Scott, actor

Shelly Altman, head writer

Susan Lucci, actor

Susan Sullivan, actor

Vivica A. Fox, actor

Yhane Smith, creator of “Harlem Queen”

Video: Daytime Cares Live Event

(5/10/20) (Video) Daytime television actors past and present came together on Saturday, May 9th for Daytime Cares: A Live Event, a live variety show honoring and uplifting fans during the COVID-19 crisis. Hosted by Daytime Emmy Award winner Laura Wright and The Locher Room host Alan Locher - and presented in partnership with Daytime Cares, a Daytime TV Community spearheaded by Arianne Zucker and Shawn Christian spotlighting non-profit organizations offering COVID-19 support and resources – the show was live-streamed on The Locher Room YouTube Channel and on Facebook. StreamYard.com is sponsoring the event.

Passions Reunion Chat 5/12/20

(5/9/20) The cast of “Passions” is coming back together for a virtual reunion.

Confirmed to attend are cast members Juliet Mills (ex-Tabitha), James Hyde (ex-Sam), Marianne Muellerleile (ex-Norma), Kim Ulrich (ex-Ivy), McKenzie Westmore (ex-Sheridan), Lindsay Hartley (Theresa), Charles Divins (Chad), Brook Kerr (ex-Whitney), Andrea Evans (ex-Rebecca), Silvana Arias (ex-Paloma), Heidi Murray (ex-Kay), Erin Cardillo (ex-Esme) and Phillip Jeanmarie (ex-Vincent/Valerie). Additional attendees will be announced closer to the reunion date.

The reunion will take place on Tuesday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. PDT on the Soap Opera Royalty YouTube channel.

Talk Show Appearance

(5/9/20) THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT - Tuesday, May 12

Christine Baranski, from the CBS All Access drama THE GOOD FIGHT

Video: Susan Lucci Chat

(5/8/20) (Video) Watch the The Locher Room’s chat with Emmy-award winner Susan Lucci, who played the iconic Erika Kane on All My Children.

White Collar's Matt Bomer Confirms 'Real Conversations' About Revival

(5/8/20) (Video) Neal Caffrey is very much plotting a new White Collar con.

“There’s nothing that I would want more than to be on a set with this group of people again,” star Matt Bomer shared during a virtual White Collar reunion on Thursday via the Stars in the House YouTube channel. “There are real conversations happening. There seems to be a lot of excitement about it. What form that takes and how it plays out and whether all the creatives involved can work it out and make it happen is yet to be seen. But we’re all really optimistic and hopeful.”

Buzz about a potential return of the “blue skies” series, which aired from 2009-2014 on USA Network, ignited this week when creator Jeff Eastin tweeted, “Had a great convo with Matt Bomer. We have a plan to bring #WhiteCollar back. So, as Mozzie might say, ‘To quote Steve Harvey, ‘The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.’ It’s time to hustle.” Bomer — who told TVLine in February that he believes the cast would “be there in a heartbeat” for a revival — responded with “????.”

Leading men Bomer and Tim DeKay (who played Peter Burke) were joined on hosts’ Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley’s web show (in support of The Trevor Project) by co-stars Sharif Atkins (Clinton Jones), Hilarie Burton (Sara Ellis), Willie Garson (Mozzie), Marsha Thomason (Diana Berrigan) and Tiffani Thiessen (Elizabeth Burke/Mrs. Suit).

Read on for highlights from the reunion’s reminiscing:

* While Bomer was convinced that DeKay was the guy to play Peter (“It has to be him!” Bomer exclaimed after reading with his scene partner), his own audition process was an “uphill battle” because they originally wanted someone in their forties and British for the role of Neal, Bomer revealed.

* Unlike with some shows, “We were actually all very sad when it ended,” Thiessen admitted.

* Garson confirmed that Mozzie did, indeed, know that Neal was alive at the end of the series. In fact, at his request, a scene was shot of Mozzie walking with a one-way ticket to Paris sticking out of his pocket to make it explicitly clear. Ultimately, producers felt the Queen of Hearts playing card was a big enough hint.

* In Season 1, Bomer wanted to always wear Neal’s ankle bracelet, even if viewers couldn’t see it in the shot. But over time, the device became uncomfortable and frequently fell off. “My dream was, somehow, they would figure out a way to make it my mic pack as well,” Bomer said.

* After a “horrible experience” on a certain teen drama, Burton was “very hesitant to sign on to do anything again,” the actress said. Thankfully, her agent, who also represented Bomer at the time, assured her White Collar was a “really lovely” and “special” place to work. “So I gambled on it, and they completely retaught me how television was supposed to be and what a set was supposed to be like,” Burton shared, adding that it’s her favorite job she’s ever done. “It was healthy [and] loving and really supportive. It has set the bar so high for every other job that’s come after… It took care of me in a way that a job had never taken care of me before.”

* Garson has a black-and-white photo of late co-star Diahann Carroll (aka June Ellington), who died in October 2019, in his home. Awww.

White Collar Boss Says He and Matt Bomer Have Plans for a Revival

(5/7/20) Calling all White Collar, fans — this is not a drill! We could might actually get a White Collar revival, and honestly, that might make 2020 worth it.

Rumors about the cast being on board for a revival series have been floating around for a while now, but showrunner Jeff Eastin tweeted Wednesday morning that there's now an official plan in place to make it happen!

"Had a great convo with @MattBomer," Eastin tweeted. "We have a plan to bring #WhiteCollar back. So, as Mozzie might say, 'To quote Steve Harvey, 'The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.''It's time to hustle."

Matt Bomer cheekily replied to the tweet with two emojis: The monocle emoji and the crossed fingers emoji. Come on, Bomer, you've got to give us more than that!

https://t.co/ZBiFeJVcyC— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) May 6, 2020

Obviously, there are very few details about what this plan could be and whether the revival would air on USA, like the original series, or on NBC Universal's upcoming streaming service, Peacock. We're going to keep our eyes peeled for more news about this comeback though, you can be sure of that!

This news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that several members of the main cast, including Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Marsha Thomason, Willie Garson, Sharif Atkins, Tiffani Thiessen, and Hilarie Burton will virtually reunite on the Stars in the House YouTube channel Thursday, May 7 at 8/7c in support of The Trevor Project. Can you imagine if we get a reunion and a revival announcement in the same year? We would truly be blessed!

White Collar is currently streaming on Hulu.

Daytime Cares: A Live Event Scheduled

(5/5/20) Current and former soap stars will come together virtually to hold a special event this Saturday, May 9, at 8p.m. ET. Laura Wright (Carly, GH) will co-host the event, which is being described as a live variety show, with former soap publicist Alan Locher. The event will be spearheaded by Arianne Zucker and Shawn Christian¹s (Nicole and ex-Daniel, DAYS)non-profit organization, Daytime Cares.

The event can be viewed here and in addition to those mentioned above, will feature:

Lamon Archey (Eli, DAYS), Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH et al), Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly, DAYS et al), James DePaiva (ex-Max, ONE LIFE TO LIVE et al), Kassie DePaiva (ex-Eve, DAYS et al), William deVry (Julian, GH), Chad Duell (Michael, GH), Andrea Evans (ex-Tina, ONE LIFE TO LIVE et al), Linsey Godfrey (Sarah, DAYS), Stacy Haiduk (Kristen, DAYS), Bill Hayes (Doug, DAYS), Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie, DAYS), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Michael E. Knight (Martin, GH), Kyle Lowder (Rex, DAYS), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow, GH), Sofia Mattsson (Sasha, GH), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT), Wes Ramsey (Peter, GH), James Reynolds (Abe, DAYS), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS), Scott Reeves (ex-Steven, GH et al), Emme Rylan (Lulu, GH), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R), Paul Telfer (Xander, DAYS), Heather Tom (Katie, B&B), Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R), Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH), Maura West (Ava, GH), Josh Swickard (Chase, GH), Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva, GUIDING LIGHT)

Susan Lucci Chat 5/7/20

(5/4/20) (Watch here) Emmy-award winner Susan Lucci, who played the iconic Erika Kane on All My Children, will join me live on Thursday, May 7th at 1:00PM EST.

The Longest Days of Our Lives: Chapter 3

(5/2/20) (Video) In Chapter 3 of Jimmy's favorite quarantine soap opera, Vanessa (Kristen Wiig) introduces Winston (Jimmy) and Fontaine (Will Ferrell) to their Zoom baby (Jake Gyllenhaal), featuring Susan Lucci, Heather Locklear, Maurice Benard and Mary Beth Evans.

Video: Another World Reunion Chat

(4/30/20) (Video) This is for all the Bay City fans. Linda Dano (Felicia Gallant), Stephen Schnetzer (Cass Winthrop), Amy Carlson (Josie Watts Sinclair) and Joe Barbara (Joseph Carlino) will be here to catch up with all of us on Thursday, April 30th at 2PM EST.

Another World Reunion 4/30/20

(4/28/20) Former soap publicist Alan Locher has planned another virtual reunion, this time with cast members from ANOTHER WORLD. Linda Dano (ex-Felicia), Stephen Schnetzer (ex-Cass), Amy Carlson (ex-Josie) and Joe Barbara (ex-Joe) are scheduled to participate. You can watch the reunion live on Thursday, April 30 at 2p.m. ET (Watch here).

Video: As the World Turns / All My Children Chat 4/24/20

(4/24/20) (Video) Watch this chat featuring Cady McClain (Dixie - All My Children and Rosanna - As the World Turns) along with her two men Michael E. Knight (Tad) and her husband, Jon Lindstrom (Craig)

Dishing with Digest - 4/24/20 - Jordi Vilasuso

(4/24/20) (Listen / download) Jordi Vilasuso talks about his family's battle with the Coronavirus, his Emmy-winning soap start as GUIDING LIGHT's Tony, his stops on ALL MY CHILDREN and DAYS, and his current role as Y&R's Rey with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we discuss the latest casting news and May Sweeps preview for GH.

Eva LaRue adopts late ex-husband John Callahan’s dog

(4/23/20) Eva LaRue has adopted her late ex-husband John Callahan’s dog following the soap star’s death last month.

“Welcome to the family Cali!,” the actress wrote on Instagram, posting a few selfies with her new four-legged friend.

She continued, “Wasn’t looking to add another thing that poops to the household, but she was John’s baby, and I know she’ll be just what God ordered to help us heal and vice versa.”

LaRue, 53, and Callahan, who tied the knot in 1996, famously played on-screen couple Maria Santos and Edmund Grey on “All My Children.” They split in 2005, four years after welcoming daughter Kaya.

Following news of Callahan’s death from an apparent stroke, several of the actor’s former co-stars, including Kelly Ripa and Sarah Michelle Gellar, posted tributes and offered condolences to his family. He was 66 years old.

Promo: The Story of Soaps

(4/23/20) ABC and People have teamed up for a new special celebrating daytime called THE STORY OF SOAPS, which will air on Tuesday, May 17 at 8p.m. ET. According to the network, the special “explores how no genre of television has laid deeper roots into our cultural consciousness and serialized storytelling than the soap opera.” Featured in the two-hour program are a wide array of current and former actors, key behind-the-scenes players and celebrity fans, including Alec Baldwin (ex-Billy, THE DOCTORS), Genie Francis (Laura, GH), Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS), Drake Hogestyn (John, DAYS), Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R), B&B Executive Producer/Head Writer Brad Bell, Erika Slezak (ex-Viki, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), John Stamos (ex-Blackie, GH), Laura Wright (Carly, GH), Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R). For a sneak peek at the special, click here.

Video: Guiding Light / General Hospital Chat April 22

(4/22/20) (Video) This chat features Daniel Cosgrove, Wes Ramsey, Emme Rylan, Cynthia Watros and Laura Wright

Elizabeth Hendrickson Talks Being Pregnant On & Off-Screen

(4/22/20) ‘The Young and The Restless’ Star Elizabeth Hendrickson Talks Being Pregnant On & Off-Screen: Video.

‘Selling Sunset’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix/Lionsgate

(4/22/20) The top real estate brokers at The Oppenheim Group are back. Netflix has renewed Selling Sunset, a reality series set in the world of L.A.’s high-end real estate, for a second season. The eight-episode half-hour series from Lionsgate Television and Done and Done Productions premieres globally May 22 on Netflix.

Selling Sunset follows seven of the city’s most successful female realtors who all work under the same roof at the #1 agency in the Hollywood Hills and the Sunset Strip. They work hard and play harder, as they compete with the cutthroat LA market and each other. These ladies will do what it takes to make it to the top of their game, all while trying to keep their personal lives intact.

This season, per Netflix, “the ladies deal with even more mind-blowing mansions, shocking new romances, and explosive truths that will change their lives, relationships and careers forever.”

Cast includes Chrishell Stause, Christine Quinn, Maya Vander, Mary Fitzgerald, Heather Young, Davina Potratz, Romain Bonnet, Amanza Smith, Jason Oppenheim and Brett Oppenheim.

“Selling Sunset is not your typical real estate series – it’s bold, fun and full of drama that will engage audiences episode after episode,” said Lionsgate SVP and Head of Unscripted Programming Alice Dickens-Koblin. “It enables viewers to go beyond the luxurious homes and into a world of powerful female realtors who navigate a truly cutthroat business. We’re very proud to be working with Adam and his creative team in bringing another great season to our partners at Netflix.”

“Along with our partners at Lionsgate and Netflix, we couldn’t be more excited to return for a second season of Selling Sunset,” said Adam DiVello, the show’s creator. “This season includes even more ups and downs as we see our cast take on larger listings and even bigger challenges in the office and in their personal lives. Fans of the series are in for a binge-worthy new season!”

UTA Signs ‘Selling Sunset’ Star & Daytime Soap Alum Chrishell Stause

(4/22/20) UTA has signed Chrishell Stause, best known in the soap opera community for starring in All My Children, The Young and the Restless, and as Jordan Ridgeway on Days of Our Lives. Stause, who is also a realtor in the high-end Los Angeles luxury market, stars in the Netflix docuseries Selling Sunset, which follows her breaking into the industry.

Selling Sunset will be returning for a second season slated to debut May 22.

Selling Sunset follows seven of Los Angeles’ most successful female realtors who all work under the same roof at the No. 1 agency in the Hollywood Hills and the Sunset Strip. They work hard and play harder as they compete with the cutthroat L.A. market and one another. They will do what it takes to make it to the top of their game, all while trying to keep their personal lives intact.

Stause’s other credits include the Lifetime movie Staged Killer, ABC’s Body of Proof, and host of the dating show You Rock, Let’s Roll for Fuse.

She continues to be managed by Corner Booth Entertainment.

As the World Turns / All My Children / GH Chat 4/24/20

(4/22/20) (Watch Here) Scheduled for 24 Apr 2020 11am ET - Don't miss Cady McClain (Dixie - All My Children and Rosanna - As the World Turns) along with her two men Michael E. Knight (Tad) and her husband, Jon Lindstrom (Craig)

GUIDING LIGHT Santos Family Reunion Planned

(4/22/20) Former GUIDING LIGHT publicist Alan Locher will host an online reunion with the actors who comprised the Santos family on the show. Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny), Bethany Joy Lenz (ex-Michelle), Jordi Vilauso (ex-Tony; Rey, Y&R), George Alvarez (ex-Ray) and Saundra Santiago (ex-Carmen), will get together virtually on Wednesday May 6, at 3p.m. ET and can be viewed here.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos reveal the secret to their healthy sex life

(4/19/20) Nothing is off-limits for Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.

The couple revealed their secrets to their healthy sex life on SiriusXM’s “Quarantined with Bruce.”

“I think we found each other at the right time in our lives,” Ripa told host Bruce Bozzi. “We were really young, not that that’s the right time in somebody’s life, but we were really like, pliable, right? Like we were pliable to each other. We really, like, learned — we learned each other well and so with that comes a certain level of comfort and confidence and experimentation and just fun like we have fun.”

Consuelos added that she “checks off all the boxes for [him].”

The duo also noted on the radio show that the longest they went without sex was when Conseulos was in Australia for seven months, but Ripa came to visit him in the middle of his trip.

Ripa, 49, and Consuelos, 49, tied the knot in 1996. They share three children, Lola, 18, Michael, 22, and Joaquin, 17. The family is currently quarantining together, with Ripa revealing on a recent episode of “Live With Kelly and Ryan” that the extended time under the same roof hasn’t been the best for their relationship.

Conseulos joked that his longest stretch without sex was “seventeen and a half years,” saying that once he lost his virginity, he hasn’t stopped getting it on.

Meanwhile, their friend Andy Cohen, who was also on the show, revealed that this time period is the longest that he’s gone without sex “since college.”

Dishing with Digest - 4/17/20 - Ricky Paull Goldin

(4/17/20) (Listen / download) Ricky Paull Goldin looks back at his early years in show business, his soapy start as ANOTHER WORLD’s Dean, his time on GUIDING LIGHT and ALL MY CHILDREN and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the latest casting scoop.

Tonya Pinkins guests on God Friended Me 4/26/20

(4/16/20) “Miracles” – Miles helps his new friend suggestion, C.J. (Lonnie Chavis), a young boy who claims an angel wants him to reunite his father, Corey (Cornelius Smith, Jr.), the creator of the God Account’s original algorithm, with Corey’s estranged father, in the first part of the two-hour series finale of GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, April 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Lonnie Chavis (C.J.), Carl Lumbly (Alphonse), Tonya Pinkins (Marsha).

Obba Babatundé recurs on S.W.A.T. 4/29/20

(4/16/20) “Wild Ones” – The SWAT team pursues a couple reminiscent of Bonnie and Clyde, when the duo goes on the run and on the hunt for a set of rare chest pieces worth millions. Also, Hondo and Darryl are surprised when Darryl’s ex-girlfriend visits with his young son, and Luca confronts his fear of failing his requalification to return to the field as he helps Kelly, his mentee, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, April 29 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Kenny Johnson’s daughter, Angelica Scarlet Johnson, returns as Kelly, Luca’s mentee.

RECURRING CAST includes: Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr.), Deshae Frost (Darryl).

Video: Guiding Light Chat #2

(4/16/20) (Video) Features GL favorites Grant Aleksander, Beth Chamberlin, Yvonna Kopacz Wright, Michael O'Leary and Tina Sloan.

Kelly Ripa’s dream job is being a midwife

(4/15/20) If Kelly Ripa hadn’t become a successful talk show host there’s a good chance she would have been a midwife.

On Wednesday’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” the 49-year-old talk show host interviewed Jennifer Shoback, a midwife from Wilkes-Barre, PA. During the segment, Ripa revealed that midwifery was a dream job for her.

“You are living my other profession,” Ripa noted. “Once upon a time, I was like ‘I wish I could be a midwife or a doula,'” Ripa continued. “I wish I had that level of expertise because I just find the whole childbirth experience so incredible and miraculous, you do such a phenomenal job there.”

Ripa shares three children with husband Mark Consuelos — Michael, 22, Lola, 18 and Joaquin, 17.

Meanwhile, Ripa isn’t the only celeb enamored with being a midwife or doula.

Penn Badgley’s wife, singer Domino Kirke, became a doula over ten years ago, co-founding the doula business collective, Carriage House Birth. Amy Schumer gave Kirke a shout-out on Instagram for helping during the pregnancy and birth of her son, Gene.

Grammy Award-winning artist Erykah Badu has been offering midwife services since 2001. The “Green Eyes” singer — known by her clients as Erykah Badoula — has, to date, assisted in 40 births.

‘Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story’ Premiere Date: Season 2 Of USA’s Anthology Drama Starring Amanda Peet & Christian Slater

(4/14/20) (Video) USA Network has set a pre-summer premiere for Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, the second season of its true-crime anthology series. Starring Amanda Peet and Christian Slater, the tale of love, betrayal and death will bow with two back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, June 2.

Watch the new trailer above.

Moved from Bravo to NBCU sibling USA Network, the new Dirty John stars Peet as Betty Broderick, the perfect Southern California wife and mother. Married to her handsome college boyfriend Dan (Slater), Betty charms everyone she meets. After years of sacrifice and suffering while supporting Dan through both medical and law school until he exploded into the San Diego legal community as a superstar, Betty finally is enjoying the fruits of their labors. That is, until Dan hires Linda (Rachel Keller), a bright, beautiful young woman without baggage with whom he can happily forget the struggles of his past. Betty’s attempts to fight back and her enraged refusals to accept reality only serve to isolate and destabilize her until she loses her very identity. And Dan’s cold confidence blinds him to the bear he has created, and he won’t stop poking — until it’s too late.

USA Network also announced today a marathon of Dirty John‘s first season and a new special, Dirty John, The Dirty Truth, to air April 14.

Dirty John, which received a two-season straight-to-series order by Bravo in January 2018, hails from creator-writer Alexandra Cunningham and UCP. The first season was based on the articles and true-crime podcast by Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard about the story of how a romance between Debra Newell (Connie Britton) and the charismatic John Meehan (Eric Bana) spiraled out of control.

Guiding Light / General Hospital Chat 4/22/20

(4/12/20) (Watch Here) Don't miss the chance to see Daniel Cosgrove, Wes Ramsey, Emme Rylan, Cynthia Watros and Laura Wright when they join me for a chat on April 22.

Guiding Light Chat 4/15/20

(4/12/20) (Watch Here) Spend the afternoon with some of your GL favorites on April 15 (Grant Aleksander, Beth Chamberlin, Yvonna Kopacz Wright, Michael O'Leary and Tina Sloan).

Vilasuso Recovering From Coronavirus

(4/10/20) (Video) Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R), his wife Kaitlin, and their daughters Riley and Everly, all tested positive for the Coronavirus. The actor posted an Instagram live story, which can be viewed below, along with the post “So it happened, friends.. Our family got covid-19. We debated sharing this, but finally decided to in the hope of possibly being a source of information or comfort to someone who might be in a similar situation. Please watch the full video. From the bottom of our hearts thank you to every single person on the frontlines risking their lives to keep us safe.. thank YOU for letting us share a part of our life and our family with you. We are beyond grateful that, even in isolation, we all have each other. Stay safe our friends and #stayhomstayhomestayhome #saferathome”

Dishing with Digest - 4/10/20 - Maurice Benard

(4/10/20) (Listen / download) Maurice Benard talks about his new memoir, his mental health and professional journey and the highs and lows of his decades-long run as Sonny on GH. We also have an exclusive clip from the audio book, which Maurice narrates.

Josh Duhamel spent the first 3 weeks of the pandemic in the woods

(4/9/20) Josh Duhamel is co-parenting with pop-star ex Fergie during the coronavirus lockdown.

“[I spent] the first three weeks in Minnesota at my cabin deep in the woods. All we did was … chop wood,” he said at a virtual event by the Moms, Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein.

Duhamel, who stars in “The Lost Husband,” added he’s back in LA and “I gotta give credit to my former wife, who is very good about scheduling stuff.”

Paige Turco guests on NCIS: New Orleans 4/19/20

(4/7/20) “Predators” – The team investigates the death of a Naval microbiologist whose hobby as a “myth buster” resulted in his death at the hands of a legendary bayou creature. Also, Agent Khoury conducts an investigation into previous actions of Deputy Director Van Cleef, who recently demoted her for misguided allegations that she exhibited poor judgment, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Sunday, April 19 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: America Olivo (Emily Landau), Jamie Jackson (Vince Boucher), Paige Turco (Linda Pride).

Live with Real

(4/6/20) (Video) Real Andrews and Maurice Benard Facebook Q&A, hear some exerpts from Benard’s new book which can be purchased here.

Maurice Benard Livestream With Fans

(4/6/20) Maurice Benard’s (Sonny, GH) hotly-anticipated memoir, Nothing General About It, goes on sale this coming week — and the actor went live for an intimate conversation with fans to answer all their questions about the book, his mental health journey and more. “I don’t think I’ve ever done an interview from a bed!” he teased. If you missed it, you can watch the livestream here.

Maurice Benard Opens up About the Acting Coach Who Changed His Life

(4/6/20) (soapsindepth.com) Before becoming Sonny on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Maurice Benard admitted to Soaps In Depth, he had a lot to learn — including how to act! “When I played Nico on ALL MY CHILDREN and Desi in Lucy & Desi: Before The Laughter, I didn’t know what I was doing,” insisted the two-time Daytime Emmy winner. “I didn’t have technique, but I had talent, emotions, and instincts.”

Benard then began training under a coach who practiced Method acting, in which performers use emotion-orientated techniques rather than action-based. “I had an acting coach who humiliated me, because he believed in me!” he shared. “When I got with this guy, he changed my acting completely. And when I got GH, I was a whole different actor. I learned how to become another person.”

Vincent Irizarry Would “Love” to Bring David Hayward to GENERAL HOSPITAL

(4/6/20) (soapsindepth.com) Plenty of GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers are holding on to hope that Hayden will come home to take advantage of the current tension between Anna and Finn. But this might also be the perfect opportunity to bring Anna’s ex-husband, ALL MY CHILDREN’s David, to town. And portrayer Vincent Irizarry tells Soaps In Depth that he’s up for the challenge! No stranger to daytime, “I’ve been on six shows now,” marveled the Emmy winner, who got his start as GUIDING LIGHT’s Lujack back in 1983 and wrapped his run as THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Dr. Jordan Armstrong this past fall.

“It was great working on B&B,” he continued. “It was a fantastic cast. You really get a sense — especially doing this for almost 40 years — that daytime is one big repertory company. On every show I’ve been on, there are all these people I’ve worked with in some capacity — whether behind the camera or in front of the camera. It’s great.”

The soap hopper also played THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ David from 2006-’08 and DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Deimos from 2016-’17. But he hasn’t yet walked the prestigious halls of GH. “Of all the shows that are on, that’s the last remaining one” he hasn’t appeared on, said Irizarry. “It would be fantastic to change that! I would love an opportunity to work with Finola Hughes (Anna) again and work with that cast.”

While some of his former AMC co-stars are playing new roles in Port Charles, Irizarry wouldn’t mind picking up David’s stethoscope and bringing it to town. “He has crossover appeal because of Anna,” explained the actor. “Our characters were married, we had a child together, and the child died. That was such a dramatic story, and Finola and I had a great working relationship. So I think it would make sense.”

The brilliant Dr. Hayward was famous for bringing people back from the dead — not to mention dosing everyone with his love drug, Libidozone. As for what madness the doctor might be up to these days, the actor admitted, “I’m curious!” In the meantime, Irizarry revealed he’s keeping busy as a luxury real-estate agent and hitting the audition circuit. “I’m doing well,” he concludes. “I’m doing more real estate at the moment and getting myself out there.”

Thorsten Kaye Explains Why He Loves Detroit

(4/6/20) (soapsindepth.com) Anyone who knows THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) is aware that he’s a superfan of the Detroit Red Wings hockey team. How did he come to adopt that particular team as his favorite? The actor told Soaps In Depth it goes all the way back to his father, who worked for General Motors while Kaye was a kid. “I’m also a big Chevy guy, so the Motor City has always been a big part of my life.”

Kaye lived in Detroit during his 20s when he was in a classical repertory theater, and he loved the experience. “We did seven plays at the same time,” he recalls. “It was so hard, but looking back, you think, ‘That was awesome.’ I think my most fun time as an actor was the time when I was in Detroit.” For that reason, the city — and its NHL organization, which holds more Stanley Cup wins than any other U.S. team — continues to have a hold on Kaye’s heart!

John Callahan Show - Memorial Special

(4/5/20) John Callahan Show - Memorial Special: Listen.

Forrest Compton Dies Of COVID-19: ‘The Edge Of Night’, ‘Gomer Pyle’ Actor Was 94

(4/5/20) Forrest Compton, who is known for his role in the long-running soap opera The Edge of Night died on Sunday after complications with COVID-19. He was 94.

According to the Shelter Island Reporter, close friends of Compton confirmed his death.

Compton was born on September 15, 1925, in Reading, Pennsylvania. He served with the 103rd Infantry Division in France during World War II and then went on to enroll in Swarthmore College where he studied pre-law and Political Science before shifting gears to English. He then started to act in school theater productions before he graduated and made his way to study acting at the Yale Drama School alongside his classmate, actor Paul Newman.

In addition to portraying district attorney Mike Karr on The Edge of Night, Compton appeared on the CBS series Gomer Pyle: USMC alongside Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton as the no-nonsense Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gray.

He went on to appear in popular soap operas As the World Turns, One Lie to Live and All My Children. He recurred on the NBC series The Troubleshooters and was appeared alongside Christopher Walken in the 1991 film McBain.

His other TV credits include The Twilight Zone, That Girl, My Three Sons, 77 Sunset Strip, Mayberry RFD, Mannix, Hogan’s Heroes among others.

Cornelius Smith, Jr. recurs on God Friended Me 4/19/20

(4/5/20) “Collateral Damage” – Miles weighs the consequences of carrying out the God Account’s wishes when his new friend suggestion, Trevor (Ben Rappaport), alleges Miles ruined his life when he helped Rose (Emma Thorne) reunite with Lt. Freemont (Zach Appleman), her former love and a previous friend suggestion. As Miles tries to help Trevor resolve his feelings for Rose on the eve of her wedding, he realizes he has lingering feelings of his own for Cara, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, April 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RECURRING CAST: Chris Conroy (Adam), Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Corey)

Soaps in Quarantine EP 2

(4/1/20) (Video) This weeks guests are Scott Clifton (The Bold & the Beautiful), and Maurice Benard (General Hospital).

Kelly Ripa, Sarah Michelle Gellar pay tribute to late soap star John Callahan

(3/30/20) Kelly Ripa and Sarah Michelle Gellar led the online tributes over the weekend to late “All My Children” actor John Callahan, who died Saturday at the age of 66.

Taking to Instagram on Saturday, Ripa — who portrayed Hayley Vaughan on the daytime series from 1990 to 2002 — expressed her sympathies to Callahan’s family, including his ex-wife Eva LaRue and the couple’s daughter Kaya.

“Because there are no words, all i can muster is Rest In Peace #johncallahan My heart breaks for you @evalarue and @kaya_callahan,” Ripa, 49, captioned the post.

Callahan and LaRue, 53, tied the knot in 1996 and welcomed daughter Kaya in 2001. The pair also played couple Edmund Grey and Maria Santos on “All My Children.” They split in 2005.

“May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya,” La Rue wrote on Instagram. “Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you.”

Fellow “All My Children” alum Gellar, 42, who played Kendall Hart from 1993 to 1995, also penned a heartfelt tribute, writing, “I want the world to know how much you meant to so many people.”

“He stepped into a lot of moments in my life because I didn’t have a father to be there. Johns greatest joy in his life, was when he had a daughter of his own @kaya_callahan,” Gellar posted Saturday. “John left us this morning. I promise you GP just as you were there for me, I will always be there for smoosh (Kaya) and @evalarue as well.”

Callahan died Saturday after suffering a stroke Friday at his home in Palm Springs, Calif., according to Variety. Callahan also appeared on “Days of Our Lives,” “Santa Barbara,” and “Falcon Crest.”

The Good Fight: Christine Baranski Morphs Into a Profanity-Spewing Dominatrix in Season 4 Trailer

(3/30/20) (Video) Diane Lockhart will be cracking the whip on The Good Fight this season, in more ways than one.

CBS All Access on Monday dropped the trailer for the legal drama’s upcoming fourth season, and it features Christine Baranski’s formerly buttoned-up legal eagle channeling her inner dominatrix (and honing her fledgeling potty mouth).

Despite having to halt production earlier this month due to coronavirus, The Good Fight is still scheduled to bow on Thursday, April 9. However, a source close to the show tells TVLine that episodes in the back half of the 10-episode season could be delayed as a result of the shutdown.

The two-minute promo also offers a first look at the firm’s new blood (including Night Court‘s John Larroquette and Hannibal’s Hugh Dancy) and returning blood (franchise vets Zach Grenier and Michael J. Fox), as well as a quick overview of the season’s central conceit: lawlessness.

“We’re going to comment more on what the current political situation is doing to the law, and some of that has to do with Trump directly but a lot of it has to do with the collateral damage of the dropping of present-day values and guidelines,” series co-creator Robert King previously revealed to TVLine. “There’s a tendency that people have now of thinking subpoenas can be ignored, and we wanted to look at how it played out because so much of courtroom drama requires people following the rules. But what kind of courtroom drama do you have if [suddenly the rules don’t matter]?”

In addition to Baranski, returning series regulars include Cush Jumbo, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi and, in what will be his final season, Delroy Lindo.

Cornelius Smith, Jr. recurs on God Friended Me 4/12/20

(3/30/20) “The Fugitive” – Miles, Cara and Rakesh try to stay a step ahead of a bounty hunter, Bonnie (Erica Tazel), who’s searching for Miles’ new friend suggestion, a petty criminal-turned-fugitive for evading court. Also, when Miles loses interest in who’s behind the God Account, Rakesh intensifies the search by planning to hack a powerful government super computer that can break through the Account’s firewall, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, April 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RECURRING CAST: Chris Conroy (Adam), Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Corey).

AMC Alum John Callahan Dies At 66

(3/28/20) Soap vet John Callahan, best known to daytime audiences as ALL MY CHILDREN’s Edmund Grey, passed away after suffering a massive stroke at his Palm Desert, CA home. On Friday, March 27, paramedics responded to a call and rushed the actor to Eisenhower Mesical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support. Daughter Kaya Callahan and ex-wife Eva La Rue (ex-Maria, AMC et al) were notified immediately and rushed to the hospital from Los Angeles. The actor’s death is not related to COVID-19. In a statement, La Rue said, “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” Our condolences are with Kaya and Eva and Callahan’s family.

All My Children Alum John Callahan Dies at 66

(3/28/20) John Callahan, best known for his role as Edmund Grey on the daytime soap opera All My Children, has died. He was 66.

The Daytime Emmys announced the news on Saturday. “We’re devastated to share that John Callahan passed away earlier today. Sending our deepest condolences to Eva La Rue and all his loved one,” the tweet read.

A cause of death is currently unknown.

Callahan’s ex-wife and fellow All My Children alum Eva LaRue shared multiple throwback pictures of the pair and their daughter Kaya, 18, on Twitter. The actress also posted a lengthy Instagram tribute to Callahan.

“May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend,” LaRue, 53, wrote. “Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya.”

The soap star added, “That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! ‘Johnny Numbers’, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to ‘Yesterday’).”

“Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess,” LaRue said. “You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you.”

LaRue concluded her heartfelt post, “I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ??????????????????????????.”

A rep for LaRue did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Kelly Ripa, who starred on All My Children from 1990 to 2002, commented on LaRue’s post with a single broken heart emoji.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, who was on All My Children from 1993 to 1995, shared a tribute to Callahan on Instagram, writing, “He stepped into a lot of moments in my life because I didn’t have a father to be there. Johns greatest joy in his life, was when he had a daughter of his own @kaya_callahan. John left us this morning. I promise you GP just as you were there for me, I will always be there for smoosh (Kaya) and @evalarue as well.”

Callahan and LaRue were married from 1996 to 2004. He was previously married to Linda Freeman from 1984 to 1992.

Before joining All My Children in 1992, Callahan had roles in General Hospital and Santa Barbara. After leaving the ABC soap opera in 2005, he had a two-year role on Days of Our Lives.

The Young and the Restless' Elizabeth Hendrickson Welcomes Daughter Josephine James

(3/28/20) (people.com) (Photo) Elizabeth Hendrickson is a mom!

The Young and the Restless actress, 40, and her husband Rob Meder welcomed their first child — a daughter named Josephine James — at 9:22 a.m. on Friday, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.

The newborn weighed in at 6lb., 11 oz. and measured 20 inches long.

“We are thrilled to introduce our little Josephine James Meder to the world – she’s perfect in every way,” Hendrickson says in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE.

“When dreaming about the birth of your first child words like ‘social distancing’ and ‘shelter in place’ never seem to enter into the picture. Yet here we were,” she continues. “Over the past month we simply focused on the things that we could control and we reminded ourselves how lucky we were and stayed positive.”

“We would like to thank all the nurses, the midwives and all the staff at UCLA Santa Monica who are at work, putting themselves at risk to be there for us when we need them most. They truly are lifesavers.”

The happy news comes a day after Hendrickson revealed on her Instagram that she “just checked into the hospital” to deliver her baby.

“We’ve decided to induce labor with everything moving so rapidly. We felt it was safest to get her here safely before Rob wasn’t allowed in the delivery room like they’re doing in San Fran and NY,” she shared, referring to the ongoing pandemic that has caused some hospitals in the nation to ban partners in the delivery room over coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

However, Hendrickson said in the post that “20 mins before we walked into the hospital the midwives were notified that after delivery only the mother is allowed with the baby postpartum. Rob has to leave.”

“We are heartbroken but we also feel like I’m in incredible hands. My midwife Didi is a dream and my nurse Andra is so awesome!” she wrote. “I know i will be well supported by everyone in the maternity ward.

“My heart goes out to all of the mamas that are faced with being separated from their partners during delivery right now. I really can’t imagine doing this alone. I brought my ukulele to keep myself busy, music is playing, my lavender diffuser is brewing and I’m just keeping my eye on the prize. A gorgeous baby girl to be in our arms as safely and quickly as possible.”

Colleen Zenk & Mark Pinter welcome granddaughter

(3/26/20) Carson Daly and his wife Siri (daughter of Colleen Zenk & Mark Pinter) are celebrating the birth of their baby girl Goldie — posting photos of themselves at the hospital in protective masks.

The TV host said their fourth child arrived on Thursday afternoon as he praised “incredibly brave & selfless” medical staff for working amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He wrote: “Daly Planet Exclusive! Carson & Siri Daly (Hi! That’s us) along with proud siblings Jackson James (11), Etta Jones (7) and London Rose (5) are beyond thrilled to announce the arrival of Goldie Patricia Daly!”

The little girl — whose middle name is after Carson’s beloved late mom Pattie — has already been given the nickname “Go Go,” as Daly said she and mom are “doing great.”

Daly, also the host of NBC hit “The Voice,” added: “The Daly family wants to send a special shout out to the incredibly brave & selfless medical staff at our hospital in New York and also the many courageous people on the front lines of this dreadful virus.”

It appears that Daly was allowed to be with his wife despite strict guidelines over who can be in the room during delivery amid the virus outbreak, and he added: “We thank God not only for the safe birthday of our daughter, but for their tireless work attending to so many in need. It is a bittersweet event for us as we are extremely grateful, but also mindful of this unparalleled time in our history. We appreciate your well wishes and ask that you join us in praying for the many suffering around the world. God bless you all.”

Mom Siri is a regular on “Today” giving her recipe tips.

Debbi Morgan Returns for POWER BOOK II: GHOST

(3/26/20) Daytime fans who miss seeing Debbi Morgan can look forward to watching the Emmy-winning actress in her new series, POWER BOOK II: GHOST, premiering on Starz this summer. Soap viewers remember Morgan fondly from her multiple roles like ALL MY CHILDREN‘s Angie, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS‘ Harmony, and GENERAL HOSPITAL and PORT CHARLES’ Ellen, among others.

This new sequel to the Starz series, POWER, will continue the dramatic stories of some of its most well-known characters, and Morgan will be reprising her role of Estelle, who she played on a recurring basis in the original series. GHOST will pick up the narrative immediately following the POWER finale as it follows Tariq navigating his new life, trying to rid himself of his father’s legacy while struggling to save his family. Check out this tease that Starz released to promote the new series: Video.

Although perhaps best known for her work in daytime, Morgan has an equally-impressive career in film and primetime with roles on shows like WHAT’S HAPPENING!!, BOSTON PUBLIC, CHARMED, and FOR THE PEOPLE as well as movies like Eve’s Bayou, The Hurricane, and Coach Carter. Now you can look forward to seeing the talented actress again in POWER BOOK II: GHOST, and we’ll be sure to let you know just as soon as an official air date for the premiere is announced.

Soaps In Quarantine – Episode 1

(3/25/20) (Video) Nancy Lee Grahn Navigating the new reality of social distancing with special guests Michelle Stafford (The Young & the Restless) and James Patrick Stuart (General Hospital)

Elizabeth Hendrickson Opens up About Giving Birth During the Coronavirus Outbreak

(3/23/20) (soapsindepth.com) As she’s ready to give birth any day now, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) opened up about how scary it has been preparing for the birth of her first daughter while isolated at home due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. “Lots of people have been checking in to see how I’m holding up,” she shared on Instagram. “I’ll be honest, earlier this week was rough. The best advice I got during my pregnancy was ‘The best birth plan is no plan’ but by no means was I expecting this.

“My midwife informed me at our 39-week appointment that we are no longer allowed to have anyone at the hospital except myself and [my husband] Rob [Meder],” the actress continued. No doula, friends, or family. My post-car plans have also changed drastically. I felt so confident that I would be able to get through it all with the help of close friends and a doula to help me recover and also help me with all of the unknowns that we are about to be face with, like breastfeeding.”

Thankfully, Hendrickson isn’t alone with her husband. “The only saving grace is that my mother came a week early to self-quarantine so we will have some help,” she revealed. “I’m not sure if she will even be able to hold her grandchild. She took a major risk to come help us.”

The actress, who ABC soap fans remember as Margaux on GENERAL HOSPITAL and Frankie/Maggie on ALL MY CHILDREN, admits she’s struggling with this new reality. “I’ve gotten lots of support and also some unwanted advice,” Hendrickson reported. “Just enjoy your time with your baby, you don’t want people touching her anyway, at least you won’t have any FOMO, etc. I know there’s nothing right to say and people just want to be helpful but I just want to have my feelings. I’m scared. I’ve never done this before.

“I wanted her to meet my close friends and family,” she added. “I wanted to take her to lunch with my girlfriends while she was wrapped up against me. I don’t know when she will be able to meet anyone else. It may be a couple of months? Which is just really hard for me to wrap my head around.”

But Hendrickson is staying strong in the face of adversity and refuses to buckle under pressure. “I know we will get through this,” she declared. “I can’t wait to meet her and see what she looks like. Sing to her and rock her to sleep. We are ready for her arrival. We’ve been waiting a long time for this. Just stop telling me everything is going to be okay. I’m sure it will, but it’s going to be different. And I’m not saying that different is bad. Just different.”

Please join us in sending love to Hendrickson and we can’t wait to celebrate her baby girl’s healthy birth very soon!

Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos reportedly donate $1 million to coronavirus relief

(3/20/20) Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are a couple of swell New Yorkers.

The morning show host and her “Riverdale” husband have donated a cool $1 million to aid relief efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, reports People.

A source revealed that the funds will be shared amongst the New York Governor’s Office to buy badly needed ventilators and WIN, the largest provider of shelter for New York City’s homeless families.

New York has been one of the hardest hits states in the country — as of Thursday, there were over 4,000 confirmed cases and close to 30 deaths.

Ripa, 49, and Consuelos, 48, are not the only celebrity couple to be pitching in to help those who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week, Ryan Reynolds announced that he and his wife Blake Lively will donate $1 million to two organizations representing food banks across the United States and Canada. Meanwhile, Seattle Seahawk’s quarterback Russell Wilson and wife Ciara have pledged to donate one million meals to a food bank in Seattle.

Natali Cigliuti & Jamie Ray Newman guest on Deputy 3/26/20

(3/19/20) When informants for the Sherriff’s Department start turning up dead all over Los Angeles, everyone has to work together to find the leak in the department. Meanwhile, Teresa and Cade deal with a major setback in the custody battle for their foster children. Also, on the day of Maggie’s Quinceañera, Bill gets stuck in a difficult position between work and family in the all-new “10-8 Bulletproof” season finale episode of DEPUTY airing Thursday, March 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (DEP-113) (TV-14 L, V)

Cast: Stephen Dorff as Sheriff Bill Hollister; Yara Martinez as Dr. Paula Reyes; Brian Van Holt as Detective Cade Ward; Bex Taylor-Klaus as Deputy Brianna Bishop; Shane Paul McGhie as Deputy Joseph Harris; Mark Moses as Undersheriff Jerry London; Danielle Moné Truitt as Deputy Charlie Minnick.

Guest Cast: Natali Cigliuti as Teresa Ward; Valeria Juaregui as Maggie Hollister; Jordan Tate as Jacob; Josh Helman as Deputy Carter; Jenny Gago as Anjelica Reyes; Miguel Angel Garcia as Wyatt Puentes; Melissa Chambers as Sally; Michael Monks as King #1; Juan Mendoza Solis as Priest; Bojese Christopher as Detective Johnson; Michael J. Harney as William Hollister; Jamie Ray Newman as D.A. Carol Riley; Jernard Burks as The Mayor; Danny Soto as Roberto Perez; Gianna Gallegos as Camilla Perez; Tony Plana as Jorge Reyes; Cinthyia Carmona as Nurse Julia.

Kelly Ripa cracks coronavirus jokes while getting Botox

(3/13/20) Kelly Ripa is keeping her spirits high amid coronavirus panic by making light of the epidemic while receiving Botox injections.

The “Live With Kelly and Ryan” host, 49, posted video to her Instagram Stories of herself Thursday with Dr. Robert Anolik, who sarcastically told the camera he’d like to discuss a “very serious medical problem,” to which the daytime staple replied, “yes, there is a very serious medical problem going around right now.”

“Botox deficiency,” Anolik felicitously followed up. “A lot of side effects. Lines, wrinkles.”

Ripa then joked that Anolik was afraid to touch her because of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, to which he replied, “That’s true! I’m standing back! I’m following the CDC rules.”

“These are great CDC rules and I appreciate them,” Ripa added. “Having said that, in this time we can notice that there’s been a lot of worrying. You can see it’s written all over my face, but Dr. Anolik decided to be brave today and come into work… to treat my acute Botox deficiency syndrome.”

The following clip shows Ripa post-injection, asking Anolik “Is there any Botox left for anyone else, doctor?” Referencing the current lack of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other household items on store shelves, he replied, “We used it all up. Hopefully, there won’t be a shortage.”

“Live With Kelly and Ryan,” is one of several mornings and late-night talk shows currently taping without studio audiences because of the coronavirus outbreak. Fellow daytime series “The Wendy Williams Show” has suspended production indefinitely.

Roscoe Born's Family Reveals Cause of Death, Calls For More 'Conversations Around Mental Illness'

(3/9/20) The family of soap opera vet Roscoe Born, who died last week at the age of 69, is revealing that the actor’s cause of death was suicide.

“Roscoe has long struggled with bipolar disorder, a shadow that he succumbed to when he took his own life on Tuesday March 3, 2020,” read the family’s statement, which was posted on Facebook. “We are grateful for the outpouring of kind words and memories. We only wish that Roscoe could have seen how much people still carry his daytime villains in their hearts. May his death remind us of the importance of opening up conversations around mental illness. May those who need help seek it. May those who seek help receive it. And may it serve them.”

Born’s myriad daytime-TV roles included Ryan’s Hope‘s Joe Novak, Santa Barbara‘s Robert Barr and Quinn Armitage (for which he earned a Daytime Emmy nod in 1990), All My Children‘s Jim Thomasen, The City‘s Nick Rivers, Passions‘ Warden, The Young and the Restless‘ Tom Fisher and, last but not least, One Life to Life‘s super-nefarious Mitch Laurence.

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s toll-free number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Soap Vet Roscoe Born Dead at 69

(3/6/20) Roscoe Born, who brought to life many a memorable character across a decades-long daytime-TV career that spanned shows such as Santa Barbara and One Life to Live, has died at age 69.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Roscoe Born’s passing,” friend and business partner Deanna Lynne shared on the Born Roscoe Songs Facebook page. “He was an incredibly talented actor and songwriter. Many who knew him know how dedicated he was to social and political causes. He will be missed forever.” After starting out his acting career with guest spots on series such as Joe Forrester, The Rockford Files and The Incredible Hulk, Born played reporter Mark Bailey on the ABC primetime sudser Paper Dolls.

From there, he dove into a long run of daytime-TV roles, including Ryan’s Hope‘s Joe Novak, Santa Barbara‘s Robert Barr and Quinn Armitage (for which he earned a Daytime Emmy nod in 1990), All My Children‘s Jim Thomasen, The City‘s Nick Rivers, Passions‘ Warden, The Young and the Restless‘ Tom Fisher and, last but not least, One Life to Life‘s super-nefarious Mitch Laurence.

A cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

Cornelius Smith, Jr. & Tonya Pinkins on God Friended Me 3/29/20

(3/6/20) “Almost Famous” – Ali is hopeful when she’s told that she’s a candidate for a new drug trial to help with her cancer treatment. But when the God Account suggests that Miles helps Kylie (Taylor Richardson), the daughter of the hospital administrator in charge of the drug trial, Tammy (Amy Acker), he’s reluctant to get involved for fear of hurting Ali’s chances of being accepted, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, March 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RECURRING CAST include: K.K. Moggie (Dr. Chang), Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Corey).

GUEST CAST include: Amy Acker (Tammy), Tonya Pinkins (Marsha).

Christina Bennett Lind guests on Bull 3/9/20

(3/2/20) “Missing” – Bull aims to convince a jury to put the law aside, when he represents a woman guilty of kidnapping her niece years ago to stop the girl’s father from abusing her. During jury selection, Bull looks for people who believe that when his client abducted her niece, she was saving the young girl’s life, on BULL, Monday, March 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Marjan Neshat (Elena), Salena Qureshi (Chloe), Christina Bennett Lind (Sofia Cooper).

Bailey Chase & Obba Babatundé on S.W.A.T. 3/11/20

(2/28/20) “Knockout” – Deacon’s second job working private security at a high-profile boxing match places the SWAT team in the middle of a kidnapping case when a prize fighter’s wife is abducted. Also, Hondo’s young charge, Darryl, becomes frustrated with his lack of paternal rights regarding his infant son, and Tan prepares to introduce his critical mother to his girlfriend, Bonnie, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, March 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Former professional boxer Laila Ali guest stars as herself. Bill Bellamy guest stars as Jackie Shaw, a professional boxing promoter.

RECURRING CAST: Louis Ferreira (Buck Spivey), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr.), Deshae Frost (Darryl).

GUEST CAST includes: Laila Ali (Laila Ali), Bill Bellamy (Jackie Shaw), Bailey Chase (Owen Bennett).

Melissa Leo & Zazie Beetz To Star In ‘Shelter’ For Mandalay Pictures & Exec Producer Sam Rockwell

(2/25/20) Oscar winner Melissa Leo and Joker and Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz have been set to star in drama pic Shelter.

Jen Gerber is directing from a script by David Rysdahl, who is also in the cast as a troubled father who reconnects with his estranged daughter after they find themselves homeless in the middle of a winter storm. Desperate for shelter, the duo returns to his mother’s (Leo) home in rural Minnesota, where they fake an illness in hopes of quickly getting back on their feet. Hala Finley (Man With a Plan) stars as the daughter.

Producers are Jason Michael Berman (Mediterranea) of Mandalay Pictures and Mark Berger of Play Hooky Productions, along with Bradley Pilz and Datari Turner. Executive producers are Sam Rockwell, Beetz and Will Raynor. The movie will shoot in New Ulm, MN.

“At a time when this country is so politically divided, I’m thrilled to be working with such an incredible cast and crew to deliver a timely story about forgiveness and hope,” said director Gerber.

“Shelter is a screenplay that has deep emotion and universal themes, and it takes us to a part of the country that is not shown often on film,” producers Berman and Berger added. “When we read the script we knew it was a special project that we had to be involved with.”

Leo is represented by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, Beetz and Rysdahl are with CAA and Grandview, and Finley is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and Doss Talent.

The Latest on Reviving AMC and OLTL — an ABC Exec Speaks Out

(2/22/20) (soapsindepth.com) Soaps In Depth had the chance to sit down and chat with ABC’s entertainment president, Karey Burke. Naturally, we asked the exec for an update on potential reboots of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE — and how the network really feels about GENERAL HOSPITAL!

Between Alex leaving GREY’S ANATOMY and the latest drama surrounding THE BACHELOR and The Oscars, there was plenty for reporters and network executives to dish about at the Television Critics Association press tour. But In Depth had only one question for ABC chief Burke: Have there been further talks about resurrecting OLTL and AMC as part of the network’s daytime lineup — or perhaps even for streaming site Disney+?

After the network axed AMC in late 2011 and OLTL in early 2012, production company Prospect Park launched online reboots of both sudsers in 2013. The short-lived experiment folded amid a host of behind-the-scenes legal battles, with the rights to the shows ultimately reverting back to ABC in 2016. At last winter’s press tour, Burke teased that there “might be some conversation” about another reboot. And what about now? “There have been more discussions,” she confessed to In Depth, “but I can’t tell you more than that.”

As for ABC Daytime’s sole remaining drama, GH seems to be in very good standing with the network. “GH is doing great!” Burke exclaimed. “It’s one of our great performers. It’s a successful business for us. The fact that they have perfected that model is, frankly, an example to other producers in our midst.”

The explosion of streaming services has caused a massive shift in the TV industry and the way that networks look at programming, but Burke points out that GH is handling itself well in this era of change. “To me, they are the sort of gold standard in that kind of storytelling, and we have no reason to ask them to change what they’re doing,” she told In Depth. “We’re proud of it.”

Andrea Bogart, Michael Nouri & Lawrence Pressman on Hawaii Five-0 3/13/20

(2/21/20) “He puhe‘e miki” – While Five-0 investigates a scheme to rob tourists, Tani helps Girard Hirsh (Willie Garson) prove the innocence of his elderly uncle when he’s suspected of murder. Also, Tani and Junior work on the nuances of being in a new relationship, on HAWAII FIVE-0 Friday, March 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(“He puhe‘e miki” is Hawaiian for “A Gripping Cuttlefish”)

GUEST CAST nicludes: Michael Nouri (Oscar Hirsch), Lawrence Pressman (Stanley), Patty McCormack (Tabitha), Andrea Bogart (Cynthia).

Reach High Media Group Will Celebrate Retro Day 2020 By Releasing Subscriber-Based Interactive Platform For The Doctors

(2/18/20) Reach High Media Group invites fans of the iconic soap opera The Doctors to join them in celebrating National Retro Day 2020 on Feb. 27 with the debut of WatchTheDoctors.com, the subscriber-based, video-on-demand platform which includes interactive experiences dedicated to the classic series.

With the new platform launch, WatchTheDoctors and Reach High Media Group television network Retro TV will be the exclusive homes of the beloved daytime drama.

Joel Wertman, president of Reach High Media Group says, “Streaming options give us the opportunity to engage our audience more than ever before.

Our fans have the ability to watch, share and interact with the programming that they love in new, exciting ways.”

Beginning Feb. 27, viewers can subscribe online at WatchTheDoctors.com, through OTT (over-the-top) devices like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and through their Android or iOS App Store. Subscriptions will include hosted trivia games on Wednesday and Saturday nights that will create opportunities to unlock exclusive original interview content.

Set in the fictional New England city of Madison, The Doctors was known for featuring cutting-edge storylines and received 17 Emmy Award nominations. The series ran for 20 seasons with cast alums including Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), daytime stars Kim Zimmer (Guiding Light) and Anna Stuart (Another World), Ted Danson (Cheers), Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married) and Emmy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Hubbard (As the World Turns).

Tonya Pinkins guests on God Friended Me 5/8/20

(2/18/20) “The Atheist Papers” – Miles is crushed when Daryl Watkins (Kevin Carroll), a renowned author and atheist, criticizes Miles’ podcast. But he must put aside his wounded pride to help Daryl when the God Account sends Miles his name. Also, Ali tests the waters of a new relationship as she deals with her cancer treatments, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, March 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Kara Royster (Emily), Tonya Pinkins (Marsha).

Melissa Leo To Headline Fox Pilot ‘Blood Relative’, Lifting the Cast-Contingency

(2/18/20) Oscar winner Melissa Leo will play the lead in Fox’s drama pilot Blood Relative, lifting the cast-contingency on the pilot order.

Originally picked up as cast-contingent, Blood Relative is a forensic genealogy-themed crime drama from writer-producer Chris Levinson and producer Liza Chasin, Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content, which will co-produce with Fox Entertainment.

Blood Relative is based on James Renner’s 2018 article “Beyond the Jungle of Bad: The True Story of Two Women from California Who Are Solving All the Mysteries,” about Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick and Dr. Margaret Press, who have combined their genealogy expertise to push the boundaries of forensic science and help law enforcement identify Joe and Jane Does and track down serial killers.

Written by Levinson and Renner and to be directe by Phillip Noyce, Blood Relative centers on genetic genealogy, the best new tool in crime scene forensics, and nobody knows it like Louise Kelly (Leo). Too bad she’s impossible to deal with.

Leo’s Lou Kelly is … difficult. With an IQ in the 190s, Lou wrote the book on genetic genealogy and can trace anyone if she has a viable tissue sample to play with – John and Jane Does, errant husbands, long-lost children, murderers in hiding, anyone with a secret life. But Lou has a habit of burning bridges as she goes. Sarcastic, sardonic, irritable and confrontational, she’s the smartest person in the room with no time to explain her methods to average folks. Except her little brother, John. It’s through working with her brother to solve the toughest of cases that secrets from their past will start to bubble to the surface. Threatening their relationship and their father’s legacy as a respected lieutenant, community leader and all around good guy. And maybe that’s exactly what will set Lou free.

Levinson and Renner executive produce with Noyce and Chasin via her 3 Dot Productions. The project stems from Levinson’s overall deal with Paramount TV, Chasin’s first-look TV deal with Anonymous Content and the first-look Anonymous and Paramount had for the past five years.

An Oscar winner for The Fighter, Leo recently starred on the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, which ran for two seasons. She co-stars in HBO’s upcoming limited series I Know This Much Is True, headlined by Mark Ruffalo. Leo, who is currently working alongside Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer in the Netflix superhero comedy feature Thunder Force, is repped by Untitled and CAA.

Ruth Wilson & Matt Bomer To Star In AIDS Activism Drama ‘The Book Of Ruth’ From Tony-Nominated Director Michael Arden & Independent – EFM

(2/17/20) Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomer are attached to lead The Book Of Ruth, a feature based on the true story of Ruth Coker Burks, a devout Christian divorcée and single mother from Arkansas who became a champion and caregiver for AIDS sufferers in 1980s America.

Michael Arden, the two-time Tony Award nominated theater director who landed both those noms before the age of 35, will helm the pic, his feature film debut.

The screenplay comes from Rebecca Pollock and Kas Graham, whose 2019 script Betty Ford appeared on the Blacklist and was optioned by Ryan Murphy with Sarah Paulson attached.

Set in 1983, Ruth Coker Burks (Wilson) lives a busy life, devoted to her work, her six-year-old daughter Jessica, and her faith. When a handsome new neighbor (Bomer) turns out to be a gay New-Yorker who has fled the City and returned home after the death of his partner to AIDS, she decides to educate herself on the epidemic sweeping the country.

Scott LaStaiti, Dominic Tighe and Thomas Daley will produce. Cora Palfrey and Sarah Lebutsch will serve as Executive Producers. Shoot is scheduled to happen this year.

London-based Independent Film Sales will introduce the project to buyers at this week’s EFM in Berlin, with North American sales handled by CAA.

Director Arden said of the project: “It’s a great honor and privilege to tell this important story about the responsibility one human has to another, especially in a time of crisis. As a gay man, I feel that Ruth’s story of empathy in the face of great prejudice and adversary is one so needed in our modern time.”

“It is vital for us to remember that we lost an entire generation to the AIDS epidemic and that so many people, including Ruth, sacrificed their own comfort, station and livelihood to help those in need during this plague,” he added.

“This female-led story tells us that out of the deepest darkness can come the brightest light and the work of Ruth Coker Burks is a constant reminder of all that is best about humanity,” commented the producers.

“The Book Of Ruth is taking a look at recent history, showing us what a person can achieve if they put their prejudices aside and do the right thing. It is a truly inspirational story that buyers and audiences undoubtedly will respond to,” aded Sarah Lebutsch, Independent’s head of sales.

Wilson is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Troika and Relevant.

Bomer is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, Viewpoint and Steve Warren at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/17/20 - Where Have All The Himbos Gone?

(2/17/20) (Listen / download) The phrase “They don’t make ’em like that anymore” might well have been invented for characters like ALL MY CHILDREN’s Tad Martin. Who could forget the storyline in which the Pine Valley bad boy bedded both Liza and her mom? Today, soaps seem to think of bad boys and vixens in terms of insanity, rather than sex appeal. On this week’s show, Richard and Charlie look around the dial in an effort to figure out if himbos and vixens are gone for good… or simply in hiding!

Masters of the Universe Cast

(2/14/20) The voice cast for Netflix’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation anime series includes Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as Skeletor, Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) as Evil-Lyn, Chris Wood (Supergirl) as Prince Adam/He-Man, Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Teela, Diedrich Bader (American Housewife) as Trap Jaw, Tony Todd (The Flash) as Scare Glow and Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Mer-Man.

The Good Fight's Takeover-Themed Season 4 Gets Premiere Date

(2/14/20) Let the record show that The Good Fight will return this spring.

CBS All Access has announced that Season 4 of the Christine Baranski-led legal thriller will premiere Thursday, April 9, with subsequent episodes dropping weekly on Thursdays.

The 10-episode fourth season finds Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart “navigating a very different landscape,” per CBS All Access’ mildly spoilery synopsis. “After they lost their biggest client, Chumhum, and their founding partner’s name was tarnished, Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart was forced to accept an offer by a huge multi-national law firm, STR Laurie, to become a small subsidiary. Suddenly, all of their decisions can be second-guessed by the giant firm that is literally on top of them. While STR Laurie initially seem like benevolent overlords, we find Diane Lockhart and her colleagues chafing at their loss of independence.”

Returning series regulars include the aforementioned Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi and Delroy Lindo. As previously reported, franchise vet Zach Grenier (David Lee) is back as a series regular. Meanwhile, Night Court‘s John Larroquette and Hannibal‘s Hugh Dancy have joined the ensemble. Michael J. Fox is also set to reprise his Good Wife role of Louis Canning on a guest star basis.

Series co-creator Robert King recently revealed to TVLine that Season 4 will focus less on President Trump and more on the hell 45 hath wrought, legally speaking. “We’re going to comment more on what the current political situation is doing to the law, and some of that has to do with Trump directly but a lot of it has to do with the collateral damage of the dropping of present-day values and guidelines,” the EP previewed. “There’s a tendency that people have now of thinking subpoenas can be ignored, and we wanted to look at how it played out because so much of courtroom drama requires people following the rules. But what kind of courtroom drama do you have if [suddenly the rules don’t matter]?”

Josh Duhamel-Leslie Bibb Romantic Comedy ‘The Lost Husband’ Found By Quiver & Redbox

(2/13/20) Quiver Distribution and Redbox Entertainment have co-acquired North American rights to The Lost Husband, the Vicky Wight romantic comedy starring Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb. A theatrical rollout beginning in the top 25 markets is set for April.

Directed and written by Wight based on the Katherine Center novel, the story centers on a woman (Bibb) attempting to put her life back together after the death of her husband. She moves with her children to her estranged aunt’s goat farm in central Texas, meeting and matching wills with the ranch’s cowboy (Duhamel). Nora Dunn, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Georgia King and Sharon Lawrence co-star along with Carly Pope.

The film is a Six Foot Pictures production. Bibb produced with Bridget Stokes along with Wight.

The deal comes as part of a broader strategic pact between Quiver, the indie film company launched last year by former eOne exec Berry Meyerowitz and ex-Lionsgate Films president Jeff Sackman, and Redbox Entertainment, the latter of which is looking to expand beyond its network of physical-disc kiosks and Redbox on Demand.

Recent Quiver releases include John Travolta starrer The Fanatic and the Nicolas Cage-led Running with the Devil.

Larry Greenberg and Stefania Monsalve negotiated the Lost Husband deal with ICM Partners.

Cornelius Smith, Jr. on God Friended Me

(2/11/19) Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Scandal) will play a pivotal role during the final five episodes of God Friended Me Season 2, portraying the estranged son of Alphonse Jefferies (Carl Lumbly), who has a deep tie to the Almighty social media account, TVInsider.com reports.

Jonathan Bennett on Station 19 2/27/20

(2/11/19) “Ice Ice Baby” – When a blizzard hits Seattle, Travis must take a difficult call and members of the crew are forced to face their truths. Meanwhile, Ben has rising suspicions about a colleague on a new episode of “Station 19,” airing THURSDAY, FEB. 27 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.

“Station 19” stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Boris Kodjoe as Captain Robert Sullivan, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt Herrera.

Guest starring is Stefania Spampinato as Dr. Carina Deluca and Jonathan Bennett as Michael.

“Ice Ice Baby” was written by Rob Giles and directed by Tessa Blake.

Talk Show Appearance

(2/7/20) TAMRON HALL, syndicated

Th 2/13: Ambyr Childers

Susan Lucci disagrees with Andy Cohen: ‘Real Housewives’ are not ‘modern-day soaps’

(2/6/20) Sorry, Erika Jayne — there can only be one Erica Kane.

Legendary “All My Children” star Susan Lucci disagrees with Bravo honcho Andy Cohen that the “Real Housewives” shows have replaced soap operas.

“I don’t think they are the modern-day soaps,” Lucci, 73, told Page Six at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection event in New York on Wednesday night. “There’s no storytelling. There’s a lot of editing. It’s, like, they cut to the chase all the time, and I think it’s different.”

While the Emmy-winning actress did say that reality stars are “great at entertaining,” she reiterated, “I don’t think they’re the same.”

In 2014, Cohen told “CBS This Morning,” “I think the ‘Housewives’ have replaced the modern-day soap opera in a weird way for a lot of people. Soap operas — scripted soap operas — there’s only a couple on the air right now, and truth is stranger than fiction.”

Lucci starred on “All My Children” on ABC for 41 years, from 1970 to 2011, and earned 21 Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She famously won her only Emmy after 19 nominations.

Although the series is no longer airing, Lucci told us that she is open to a reboot, as she still keeps in touch with most of the cast, crew and production team.

She said at the Red Dress Collection show, “We are hearing a little buzz. It’s just important to be in the right hands. Lorraine Broderick was the head writer and I know that she’s a beautiful writer, so if she was [on board] that would help a lot.”

Lucci, a longtime ambassador for the American Heart Association as a heart condition survivor, attended the Go Red for Women event at Hammerstein Ballroom as a guest.

Work Wife Sitcom, Based on Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest's Live Partnership, Scores Pilot Order at ABC

(2/6/20) Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s morning-show rapport has inspired the sitcom Work Wife, which secured a pilot order at ABC on Thursday.

Per the official logline, Work Wife follows a platonic male-female team whose “professional success, personal friendship and ability to share deodorant makes their lives work.” The potential series will be set in the real estate world, where co-workers Dani and Scott have taken the leap to start their own team.

“Now feeling the stress of being the boss,” the description reads, Dani and Scott “have to rely on the yin-yang of their dynamic more than ever to keep their professional and personal lives afloat.”

Ripa and Seacrest, who have co-hosted Live together since 2017, are among the show’s executive producers. The Real O’Neals writers David Windsor and Casey Johnson — whose working relationship also inspired the show’s premise — will pen the pilot script, while Todd Holland (Go On, Malcolm in the Middle) will direct.

Work Wife is the third comedy project to receive a pilot order at ABC so far this year. It joins My Village, about an empty-nester mom who re-inserts herself into her kids’ lives, and Prospect, a comedic Western about an idealistic young woman who moves to the frontier to be a schoolteacher.

Chrishell Stause reveals mom’s terminal cancer diagnosis 2 months after Justin Hartley split

(2/6/20) Chrishell Stause, who recently separated from Justin Hartley, revealed her mother is dying from cancer.

“I just found out today is #worldcancerday eerily on the same day I found out my mom has 1 to 2 months to live from the same lung cancer that took my dad on Easter,” the “Selling Sunset” star shared on Instagram this week. “I can’t make sense of what life is teaching me yet, but my heart is with every person fighting this horrible disease and every person that it robbed a loved one from.”

In April, Stause, 38, posted a tribute on Instagram to her father after he died.

“We lost you today but it was a long terrible battle with cancer that started taking you years ago,” she wrote. “I choose to remember you the way you were before it took it’s hold on you. You are at peace now, and ever the Catholic man at heart, I think you chose Easter for a reason.”

In November, Stause was seemingly blindsided when Hartley, 43, filed for divorce after two years of marriage.

Soon after the breakup, Stause posted a cryptic quote on Instagram that said, “It’s hard to watch people change right in front of you. But it’s even harder remembering who they used to be.”

According to TMZ, the exes disagree about the date of their actual split. Hartley claims they separated on July 8, 2019, but Stause argued in documents that they didn’t separate until Nov. 22, 2019.

Vincent Irizarry to grand marshal neighborhood Easter parade

(2/6/20) (lakewood.advocatemag.com) Soap star Vincent Irizarry will be the grand marshal at this year’s Newellian Easter parade, bringing some celebrity notoriety to the neighborhood tradition.

The actor got his start in daytime television in the early 1980s with a recurring role in “Guiding Light.” Since then, he’s gone on to star in just about every soap opera you can think of: “One Life to Live,” “The Young and the Restless,” “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives” and most recently “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Irizarry is friends with neighbor Belynda Ortiz. When she told him about the parade, he expressed interest and agreed to serve as the grand marshal.

“It was that easy,” parade organizer Liz Simmons said.

Irizarry joins only a handful of celebrity grand marshals who have participated in the parade. In the past, Texas icon Kinky Friedman—a singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, defender of stray animals and former Texas Monthly columnist—led the parade route.

“It’s a show up and do-your-thing event,” Simmons said. “I never know what we’re going to get. There’s no rules. It’s very creative and totally fun.”

The parade, in its 15th year, will start at 3 p.m. April 12.

Dr. Oz 1/31/20

(1/29/20) Dr. Oz (Syndicated)

Celebrity Superfan Takeover: Susan Lucci

AIRING Jan 31, 2020

Actress Susan Lucci and Dr. Oz tackle hot health topics; how she is doing after her heart emergency; Dr. Oz looks inside her heart with a live scan; symptoms not to ignore; dangerous knock-off blow dryers and hair irons.

Stars Remember Marj Dusay

(1/29/20) Stars took to social media to remember Marj Dusay (ex-Alexandra, GUIDING LIGHT et al), who passed away at the age of 83.

On-screen son, Vincent Irizarry (ex-Lujack/Nick, GL) posted, “Honestly, not enough words for me to share my love and respect for, and sadness in the passing of our now late, great Marj Dusay. She was a force of nature as an actress, courageously pulling out all stops in whatever role she was gracing us with. Not only did she play my mother on two different shows, 2 very different characters, but in one of those shows she was brought in to replace the ever brilliant, incomparable Beverlee McKinsey when she left the role of Alexandra Spaulding on GL; a feat practically no other actress could have been able to accomplish. But Marj was never just any other actress, as she proved by making the role her own; doing so while sharing her dynamic brilliance with us as well… I reached out to her a couple months back, having heard that she was having a difficult time with some physical challenges as of late. I’m grateful to have heard her voice one last time, to have heard her infectious laughter one last time…

RIP darling Marj. Your gift was our blessing.” Ron Raines (ex-Alan, GL) tweeted, “Heartbroken by the loss of my dear friend and colleague Marj Dusay. Marj was a dear friend to me and I will miss her greatly. I, with a couple of other GL colleagues, visited her last year here in New York and we all had a wonderful visit. She was, as always, in terrific spirits And made us laugh a lot. We all talked of specific memories we shared with her while on set. Marj lived with much physical pain the last decades of her life however, and this is what’s amazing, she never complained. I will miss her and glad she is pain free now.

RIP dear Marj.” Robin Strasser (ex-Dorian, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) wrote, “HUGELY TALENTED & Stunning looking #MarjDusay When she stepped on a set everything was better because she showed up-Classy & impeccable-never stuck on herself-A wonderful human being RIP.”

Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian, GL) tweeted, “Lost the wonderful Marj Dusay aka Alexandra Spaulding. Great actress. Great woman. She will be very missed. RIP MARJ.”

Carrie Genzel (ex-Skye, ALL MY CHILDREN) tweeted, “I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of #MarjDusay. We had mutual friends in NYC and she was always so welcoming and wonderful to me. My heart goes out to her friends and family, and,her many fans who appreciated her on and off camera.”

Lisa Whelchel (Blair on The Facts Of Life): Just heard about the passing of Marj Dusay who played Blair’s mom, Monica Warner. She was absolutely perfect for the part, a seasoned actress and a delightful woman. It was a privilege to call her Facts of Life family.

Soap Opera Vet Marj Dusay Dead at 83

(1/29/20) Veteran soap opera actress Marj Dusay, whose long list of daytime-TV credits included stints on Guiding Light, Santa Barbara, All My Children and Days of Our Lives, has died. She was 83.

During Dusay’s decades-long daytime career, she established herself as one of the industry’s most reliable recasts. Dusay made her suds debut in 1983 when she replaced Carolyn Jones as Washington, D.C. matriarch Myrna Clegg on CBS’ Capitol. Following that show’s cancellation in 1987, Dusay jumped to NBC’s Santa Barbara, where she took over the role of Mason Capwell’s mentally unstable mother Pamela from actress Shirley Ann Field. In 1993, she temporarily filled in for Louise Sorel as villainess Vivian Alamain on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, after which she succeeded Beverlee McKinsey as Alexandra Spaulding CBS’ Guiding Light, a role she played on and off from 1993 to 2009 and one that earned her a 1995 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress.

It was in 1999 that Dusay finally originated her first soap role when she was cast as the evil Vanessa Bennett (mother to (Josh Duhamel’s Leo and Vincent Irizarry’s David) on ABC’s All My Children. She exited the soap in 2002.

Prior to making a name for herself in the soap world, Dusay made frequent guest appearances in primetime, most memorably on the original Star Trek (as alien Kara) and The Facts of Life (as Blair’s mother Monica).

Actress Susan Lucci Partners with American Heart Association To Encourage Women To Know Their Numbers

(1/28/20) WOONSOCKET, R.I., Jan. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continued support of the American Heart Association's (AHA) Go Red for Women movement during American Heart Month, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it will be offering no-cost "Know Your Numbers" heart health screenings at MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, on select Thursdays in February. MinuteClinic locations can be found inside select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

"Nearly half of adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure, which puts people at increased risk for major health problems including heart attack and stroke," said Lisa Bisaccia, Chief Human Resources Officer, CVS Health, and national volunteer chair for Go Red for Women. "Partnering with world-class organizations like the American Heart Association builds on our enterprise-wide efforts to prevent and manage chronic conditions like heart disease."

Additionally, CVS Pharmacy customers will once again have an opportunity to give the gift of heart health by making a $1, $3 or more donation to the AHA at the register at their local CVS Pharmacy stores through February 22. The funds raised will be used for life-saving cardiovascular research and education.

"I am thrilled to partner with CVS Health and the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement this February!" said EMMY Award-Winner and New York Times best-selling author Susan Lucci, who is a national ambassador for the AHA's Go Red for Women movement and is now teaming up with CVS Health to raise awareness about women's heart health in February. "I was so lucky to have narrowly missed a heart attack in 2018 and learned that it's so important that women all over this country and world put themselves and their health at the top of their to-do list. Awareness and education save lives!"

"We know that nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, yet most women don't know their personal health numbers that are critical to determining one's risk," said Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAANP, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer, CVS MinuteClinic and Vice President, CVS Health. "MinuteClinic provides an easy and convenient way to get this important health data, during February and all year long."

Consumers can visit their local MinuteClinic on February 6, 13, and 20 and receive a no-cost heart health preventive screening, supported by TYLENOL, to learn the five key personal health numbers that can help them determine their risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.

MinuteClinic is a high-quality, convenient and affordable destination for preventive care all year long. For chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, all of which can be risk factors for heart disease, MinuteClinic providers can screen, assess, treat and monitor these conditions, and educate patients about potential life style changes.

To receive a free screening, download the voucher, print a copy and bring it with you to scan at the MinuteClinic registration kiosk. Alternatively, you can use your mobile phone to show the voucher to the provider after you register at the kiosk. The voucher can be found at www.cvshealth.com/gored.

Lala Kent and Randall Emmett on coparenting with Ambyr Childers

(1/28/20) Lala Kent, Randall Emmett and Ambyr Childers are finally one big, happy family.

“The Irishman” producer, 48, and the “Vanderpump Rules” star, 29, revealed that they’ve repaired their relationship with Emmett’s ex-wife, “You” star Ambyr Childers on Teddi Mellencamp’s podcast, “Teddi Tea Pod.”

Emmett and Childers were married from 2009 until 2017 and share two children, London and Rylee. Emmett began to date Kent while he was separated from Childers which led to Kent’s “Vanderpump Rules” costars declaring that she was dating a married man during her first seasons on the show. Childers and Kent later fought over Kent posting photos and videos of her daughters on social media.

“We did not have a very smooth start and you know we did everything we could to make sure that the babies did not know that,” Kent said on the podcast of the beginnings of her relationship with Childers. “And now we’re all in such a good place, myself, their mom, we’re, it’s just the happiest time in the entire world. It was like a Christmas miracle. It truly was. It’s a breeze now. The kids are happy and that’s all you want.”

“Co-parenting obviously is the most important thing when you have children and they’re a product of divorce,” Emmett explained. “But I’ll tell you this, the best thing that ever happened to children of a divorced home is that everybody works together and Lala Kent, God bless her soul has taken on that role of stepmother with a vigor and with passion and with love.

“Just yesterday, just to give you a little snapshot, we were saying goodbye to my kids yesterday at Sundance and they were heading back to LA and we were heading off to work and Lala and my 9-year-old were bawling tears of just leaving each other because Lala was leaving for a few weeks, etcetera,” he continued. “So of course I started crying like a little baby. But that’s the love that Lala has for my kids and she works hard to be a great stepmother to them and work alongside their mother Ambyr, so they’ve worked hard to put differences aside and put the kids first and that’s it.”

Kent joked that London and Rylee, 5, first “sensed weakness” with her so that she was “their most favorite person.” But now, things are different in their home as Kent and Childers talk regularly to co-parent the girls together.

“Ambyr and I were not in a good place and when we had the meeting before Christmas,” she said. “There were tears that were shed, there were apologies … I just basically thanked her because those girls that she brought into the world, my life is forever changed, forever better for them.”

“Honestly Lala has a better relationship with Ambyr,” Emmett joked. “I have to go through Lala now!”

The couple is set to tie the knot on April 18, and are already thinking about their own family.

And as for having their own brood, Kent wants to start sooner rather than later while Emmett would rather “play husband and wife” before welcoming a baby.

Talk Show Appearance

(1/17/20) A LITTLE LATE WITH LILLY SINGH - NBC

Wednesday, January 22: ABIGAIL SPENCER

2020 Oscar Nominations

(1/13/20) Winners to be unveiled February 9 at the 92nd Academy Awards live on ABC from the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland.

Actor in a Leading Role
Antonio Banderas - Pain and Glory (Sony Pictures Classics)
Leonardo DiCaprio - Once upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Adam Driver - Marriage Story (Netflix)
Joaquin Phoenix - Joker (Warner Bros.)
Jonathan Pryce - The Two Popes (Netflix)

Actress in a Supporting Role
Kathy Bates - Richard Jewell (Warner Bros.)
Laura Dern - Marriage Story (Netflix)
Scarlett Johansson - Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)
Florence Pugh - Little Women (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Margot Robbie - Bombshell (Lionsgate)

Actor in a Supporting Role
Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Anthony Hopkins - The Two Popes (Netflix)
Al Pacino - The Irishman (Netflix)
Joe Pesci - The Irishman (Netflix)
Brad Pitt- Once upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony Pictures Releasing).

Dishing with Digest - 1/10/20 - Alicia Minshew

(1/11/20) (Listen / download) Fifty years after the debut of ALL MY CHILDREN, Alicia Minshew reflects on her time as Kendall, her relationship with Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), her favorite “Zendall” moments, reveals who she is still friends with and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky.

NAACP Image Awards Nominees

(1/10/20) Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

• Chadwick Boseman – “21 Bridges” (STX Films)
• Daniel Kaluuya – “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
• Eddie Murphy – “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)
• Michael B. Jordan – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Winston Duke – “Us” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

• Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
• Deon Cole – “Black-ish” (ABC)
• Laurence Fishburne – “Black-ish” (ABC)
• Terry Crews – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
• Tituss Burgess – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

‘Purge 5’: ‘True Detective’ Actress Leven Rambin Joins Universal-Blumhouse-Platinum Dunes Sequel

(1/8/20) Count Hunger Games and True Detective actress Leven Rambin in for Blumhouse/Platinum Dunes/Universal’s untitled Purge 5 which is being directed by Everado Gout.

Universal is releasing the next chapter on July 10; the franchise having clocked well over $456M worldwide. The last movie, 2018’s The First Purge, became the highest grossing in the series, earning $137M WW. Series creator James DeMonaco is writing the fifth movie centering around America’s annual 12-hour lawless rampage. The Purge series on the USA network is in its second season.

Rambin recently starred opposite Chris Noth on WGN’s series Gone with previous appearances on Hulu series The Path and HBO’s 2015 edition of True Detective as Athena Bezzerides. Her feature credits include The Dirt, Lost Child, Hunger Games, Two Night Stand and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Jason Blum, Man In A Tree duo DeMonaco and Sébastien K. Lemercier, Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing.

Rambin is represented by Paradigm, Management 360, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

‘All My Children’ Turns 50

(1/5/20) (forbes.com) Today marks 50 years to the day that ABC daytime drama All My Children premiered. Created by Agnes Nixon, the long-running soap, which aired on broadcast television for 41 years (through September 23, 2011) was set in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania, a fictional suburb of Philadelphia. It began as a weekday half-hour on January 5, 1970 and officially expanded to one-hour on April 25, 1977.

Initially, Agnes Nixon offered her idea for All My Children to Procter & Gamble in the mid-1960s, but they passed. After her success with One Life to Live, beginning in 1968, ABC asked for another series and Nixon offered All My Children.

At its inception, the center of All My Children was Ruth Warrick as Phoebe Tyler, the self-professed “Queen of Pine Valley.” Then there was the Martin family, led by patriarch Joe (Ray MacDonnell), that was the stable element. But it was Susan Lucci as young Erica Kane, the spoiled daughter of divorced Mona Kane (Frances Heflin), who was the immediate attraction.

After 18 failed Emmy nominations as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Lucci finally won in 1999.

ABC wanted a soap opera that would bring in young viewers, and eventually All My Children rose to the top-rated daytime drama on any network. The series made history in daytime on a number of occasions, including...

In 1973, Lucci, then as Erica Kane Martin, had daytime television's first legal abortion. This was one year after Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay on Norman Lear’s Maude had her controversial abortion in primetime.

In 1978, the show covered Erica and Tom's (Richard Shoberg) honeymoon in Saint Croix, which was the first U.S. soap opera to take its cameras off of the U.S. mainland.

In 2003, the characters of Lena Kundera (Olga Sosnovska) and Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) shared the first same-sex kiss in an American soap opera.

In October 2008, the series debuted the couple of Reese Williams (Tamara Bruan) and Bianca Montgomery, which resulted in the first same-sex marriage proposal, as well as the first legal same-sex wedding and marriage, on an American soap opera. In addition, the pairing's family is the first onscreen family made up of same-sex parents also in the history of daytime.

Like any long-running daytime drama, All in the Children was a breeding ground for up and coming young talent. Included was Sarah Michelle Gellar, Josh Duhamel, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kelly Ripa, Melissa Leo, Amanda Seyfried, Christian Slater and Eva La Rue. Kelly Ripa met her husband, Mark Consuelos, on the series.

Carol Burnett, a long-time fan of the show, debuted as Verla Grubbs, the long-lost daughter of Langley Wallingford (Louis Edmonds), in 1983. She returned for the 25th anniversary of All My Children, and again in 2005 to mark the soap's 35th year on the air. In September 2011, shortly before its demise on ABC, she made her final appearance.

Ultimately, the unthinkable happened when ABC announced they were cancelling both All My Children and One Life to Live. Plans were also to end its sole remaining daytime drama, General Hospital, but the immediate outcry from the fans has kept General Hospital on the air.

All My Children aired its final episode on ABC on September 23, 2011, and One Life to Live on January 13, 2012. Both were revived digitally, albeit briefly, by production company Prospect Park on The Online Network. But, this was before Netflix demonstrated the relevance of consuming content online.

While rumors of a revival for both daytime dramas are ongoing, nothing has officially surfaced and today we wish All My Children a Happy 50th Birthday! Daytime television has not been the same without the residents of Pine Valley!

Talk Show Appearance

(1/3/20) THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, syndicated

We 1/8: Michael B. Jordan

Talk Show Appearance

(1/3/20) JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, ABC

Th 1/9: Michael B. Jordan

Talk Show Appearance

(1/3/20) The View – ABC

Th 1/9: Michael B. Jordan

Matt Bomer, Zoë Kravitz added as Golden Globes presenters

(1/3/20) The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is rolling out its list of presenters for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, announcing big names including Kit Harington, Zoë Kravitz and Christian Bale on Friday.

The HFPA also announced the addition of Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Jason Bateman, Jason Momoa, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Bomer, Helen Mirren, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Gwyneth Paltrow, Wesley Snipes, Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

These stars join the previously announced group of presenters including Charlize Theron, Octavia Spencer, Daniel Craig, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Tiffany Haddish, Glenn Close, Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon and Ted Danson.

Ricky Gervais is set to host the show, which will air on NBC on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

Josh Duhamel getting paid $175K to be the face of North Dakota

(12/31/19) North Dakota will again enlist the help of Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel to help promote tourism in his home state.

North Dakota’s tourism department confirmed Tuesday to The Associated Press that the star of several “Transformers” movies will be paid $175,000 to be the face of the state’s tourism campaign for the next two years. The state has had a contract with Duhamel since 2013 to help lure visitors to North Dakota.

The contract extension that expires on Dec. 31, 2021, brings to more than $1 million Duhamel has received from the state.

Duhamel is from Minot, a city in the northern part of the state that’s about an hour’s drive from the United States border with Canada.

The advertising campaign featuring Duhamel is a continuation of the North Dakota Legendary brand that was established in 2002 to help create more awareness of the state.

Although North Dakota is one of the least-visited states in the US, tourism is the state’s third-largest industry, behind energy and agriculture. The biggest draw is Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota’s badlands.

State Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman is scheduled to unveil the new two-year advertising campaign next week, said Heather LeMoine, the agency’s marketing manager.

The previous $2.9 million campaign featured Duhamel doing everything from fishing and biking to attending college football and hockey games. Some also include his 6-year-old son Axl, whose mother is Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie. The campaign included TV and print ads, as well as travel and hunting guides.

Duhamel “has spotlighted the state that not many people know about,” LeMoine said. “It has definitely paid off.”

Ads featuring the 47-year-old actor have mostly appeared in the neighboring states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and the nearby Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, LeMoine said.

“We don’t have the money to do a national campaign,” LeMoine said.

North Dakota had 22.6 million visitors in 2018, up more than 5% from the previous year, agency data show. Visitor spending totaled $3 billion that included $300 million in state and local taxes, the agency said.

LeMoine said the advertising campaign featuring Duhamel has resulted in more than $100 for every dollar in state funding spent.

The tourism industry provides about 42,000 jobs in the state, LeMoine said.

Finola Hughes Joins the Directors Guild of America

(12/31/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL star Finola Hughes (Anna) who is now a proud card-carrying member of the Directors Guild of America! "This happened," the actress-turned-director shared on Instagram along with a snapshot of her membership card. "I cannot tell you how proud I am to be a new member! I have many people to thank for making this happen. Please look out for my TV directorial debut on GOOD TROUBLE in February! (Will post the date when I know)."

Becoming a DGA member is not easy. First, you must prove yourself by directing independent projects, then your application has to be approved, and you need to be endorsed by three DGA members before you can be accepted. In 2016, Hughes took some time off from GH to helm the pilot for a potential TV series titled CYPRESS BAYOU. In 2013, she also directed the independent feature The Bet and her IMDb credits list the indie movie Byrd and the Bees — featuring former castmate and good friend Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke) — as in production.

GOOD TROUBLE is the spinoff of THE FOSTERS currently airing on Freeform, and we will keep you updated on when Hughes' episode is scheduled to air so you can be sure to tune in. Fellow actress-turned-director Kimberly McCullough, who played Hughes' TV daughter, Robin Scorpio, was also excited by the news. "YAS!" she posted to Instagram. "Congrats. There's something about that card that makes you feel like you've arrived. Welcome to the club!"

Hughes To Direct GOOD TROUBLE

(12/31/19) Finola Hughes (Anna, GH) announced on Twitter that she will be directing an episode of GOOD TROUBLE, which airs on Freeform. “I am so proud to say that I am a new member of @thedirectorsguildofamerica & will be making my TV directorial debut on @goodtrouble @freeformin February (date to follow) Many people to thank for this #goodtrouble #joannajohnson #bradleybredewig #frankvalentini,” the actress posted.

Season 5 Of THE BAY Available Now

(12/31/19) All new episodes of THE BAY are available now at www.thebaytheseries.com, free for a limited time, with Amazon Prime to follow. To end the year with a bang, an additional two new bonus episodes will stream tomorrow, New Year’s Eve, on the official THE BAY website! The actions picks up where season 4 left off: Pete Garrett (Kristos Andrews) and Commissioner Lex Martin (Tristan Rogers) were inching closer to finding a missing Sara Garrett (Mary Beth Evans), who was being held hostage by her blackmailing husband, Steve Jensen (Matthew Ashford). Meanwhile, Lianna Ramos (Jade Harlow) was accused of intentionally shooting her fiancée and sought guidance from her abuelo Nardo (special guest star A Martinez) and psychiatrist Dr. Angela Foster (special guest star Vivica A. Fox}. After help from his father John “Blackwell” (Ronn Moss), Evan Blackwell (Brandon Beemer) and Tamara Garrett (Celeste Fianna) returned home from Europe amid the ongoing chaos, Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen) continued his search for love.

Mark Consuelos Gets Heated ... At Son's Wrestling Match

(12/22/19) (Video) Mark Consuelos is just like all those parents out there getting a little too involved in their kids' sporting events ... because he caused a scene at his son's wrestling match.

Check out this video of the "Riverdale" star getting heated at a wrestling tournament on Long Island ... you see Mark coming out of the crowd and onto the mat, seemingly incensed with his son's opponent.

Mark makes his move after his 16-year-old son, Joaquin, gets his headgear ripped off by his foe. You hear other concerned parents yelling for Consuelos to get off the mat, and another adult has to push him back towards the stands.

Folks who were there tell us Mark's wife, Kelly Ripa, was also there and kept her cool while her husband rushed to their son's defense.

While the parents were getting riled up, the kids showed some serious sportsmanship ... shaking hands and resuming their match.

We're told Joaquin's opponent won the match and Mark was vocally and visibly upset, leaving the gym for a few hours to cool off before eventually returning to the all-day tournament.

We reached out to Mark ... no word back, so far.

Josh Duhamel and Fergie to split custody of son Axl Jack

(12/20/19) Fergie and Josh Duhamel, who finalized their divorce in November, agreed to share custody of their 6-year-old son, Axl Jack Duhamel, 50/50, according to the settlement obtained by The Blast.

The singer, 44, and the actor, 47, also agreed not to pay child support, as they’re both self-supporting. Neither star asked the other for any other type of financial support. They opted to settle their finances in private.

Fergie and Duhamel separated in September 2017 after eight years of marriage but didn’t officially file for divorce until two years later.

“With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” the couple said in a joint statement to People at the time. “To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.”

Duhamel has been dating 25-year-old Miss World America Audra Mari.

Réal Andrews Undergoes Cancer Surgery

(12/18/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in sending love and healing thoughts to daytime alum Réal Andrews, who is undergoing cancer surgery at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. "Ready for the big day," he declared confidently on Instagram. "It's go time." The actor is best known to soap fans for playing Marcus Taggert on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but he has also played Agent Trumbull on ALL MY CHILDREN, Walker Daniels on AS THE WORLD TURNS, and Hal Michaels on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Andrews is clearly keeping his spirits high as he entered the hospital wearing a Santa Claus sweatsuit and hat!

Andrews had turned his life around this year, entering alcoholics anonymous, being diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder, and getting back in shape. The day before his surgery, the actor posted a selfie from the challenging Pico Stairs admitting it would be "our last workout for a while… 24 hours, 49 minutes 'til it is on. Let's go."

Just one week earlier, Andrews was at the doctor's for routine tests to get ready for the procedure and reported he was in "the best shape ever. Test results don't lie. I am ready for the fight."

We will continue to keep you updated on Andrews' condition as soon as he posts more updates about his recovery, so keep checking back.

Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos Recall AMC Days

(12/17/19) On this morning’s LIVE! WITH KELLY AND RYAN, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley, ALL MY CHILDREN) and her real-life husband, Mark Consuelos (Hiram, RIVERDALE; ex-Mateo, ALL MY CHILDREN), who was subbing for Ryan Seacrest, shared memories of working together on the soap and their early days as a duo. You can watch the clip below.

Dishing with Digest - 12/13/19 - Wally Kurth

(12/13/19) (Listen / download) Wally Kurth talks about airing as both DAYS’s Justin and GH’s Ned, the ALL MY CHILDREN role he didn’t get, his early years on daytime and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also look at the Best and Worst on soaps in 2019.

Justin Hartley's Wife Chrishell Thinks Money Grab Triggered Divorce

(12/11/19) (tmz.com) Justin Hartley's estranged wife thinks the almighty dollar destroyed her marriage.

Sources connected with Chrishell Stause tell TMZ, the "Selling Sunset" star is privately calling BS on the date of separation Justin listed in his divorce filing. TMZ broke the story ... Justin claims in his docs he and Chrishell separated July 8, 2019. By contrast, she says they were together right up until the day he filed ... November 22, 2019.

We know the 2 were seen out in public together multiple times between July and November, so the early separation date is puzzling. We're told Chrishell doesn't think it's all that puzzling ... that the tea leaves point to some sort of deal Justin may have and she believes he just doesn't want her to get a piece.

As we reported, both Justin and Chrishell acknowledge they were having problems, but she says they never called it quits until she learned from TMZ he filed to end the marriage.

And, as we reported, Chrishell's lawyer, Samantha Spector, is asking Justin to pay her client spousal support ... something he made clear he does not want to pay.

We're told Justin is making big bucks in the wake of his success on "This Is Us." Unclear how the spoils will be divided.

Talk Show Appearance

(12/10/19) THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON

December 16: Guests include Michael B. Jordan

2020 Golden Globes Nominations

(12/9/19) Golden Globes ceremony, which returns Ricky Gervais as host for a fifth time, is set for January 5, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

DANIEL CRAIG
KNIVES OUT

ROMAN GRIFFIN DAVIS
JOJO RABBIT

LEONARDO DICAPRIO
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

TARON EGERTON
ROCKETMAN

EDDIE MURPHY
DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE

KATHY BATES
RICHARD JEWELL

ANNETTE BENING
THE REPORT

LAURA DERN
MARRIAGE STORY

JENNIFER LOPEZ
HUSTLERS

MARGOT ROBBIE
BOMBSHELL

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE

TOM HANKS
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

ANTHONY HOPKINS
THE TWO POPES

AL PACINO
THE IRISHMAN

JOE PESCI
THE IRISHMAN

BRAD PITT
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Lisa de Cazotte Dies: Emmy-Winning Daytime Producer Was Age 58

(12/9/19) Lisa de Cazotte, an Emmy Award-winning daytime television producer died Saturday, December 7, after a long illness, Deadline has learned. She was 58.

Born Lisa Smith in Westchester, New York in 1961, she graduated from Fordham University and began her television career as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live. She quickly moved up the ranks to associate, then coordinating producer.

Later positions included working as a producer then supervising producer on NBC’s Santa Barbara and ABC’s All My Children before she was named supervising producer of Aaron Spelling’s Sunset Beach.

In 1999, de Cazotte partnered with writer James E. Reilly and was named EP of NBC Studio’s Passions. She served as EP for the run of the show until 2008; then went on to executive produce General Hospital: Night Shift, a primetime spinoff of GH that ran on cable, before returning to All My Children. In 2012, de Cazotte was named co-executive producer of Days of Our Lives where she won two Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series. In 2017, she became supervising producer of The Young and the Restless, where she won her third Emmy. She was still producing the Sony/CBS show at the time of her death.

In 2002, de Cazotte married French filmmaker and Oscar winner Antoine de Cazotte. They divided their time between Los Angeles, New York and Paris.

Lisa de Cazotte is survived by her husband Antoine, her brothers Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Critics' Choice Awards Nominations 2020

(12/9/19) The 25th annual Critics Choice Awards will be broadcast live on the CW on January 12.

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Christine Baranski, The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Olivia Colman, The Crown (Netflix)
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Regina King, Watchmen (HBO)
Mj Rodriguez, Pose (FX)
Sarah Snook, Succession (HBO)
Zendaya, Euphoria (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Asante Blackk, This Is Us (NBC)
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show (Apple)
Asia Kate Dillon, Billions (Showtime)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Justin Hartley, This Is Us (NBC)
Delroy Lindo, The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Tim Blake Nelson, Watchmen (HBO)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown (Netflix)
Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Audra McDonald, The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Jean Smart, Watchmen (HBO)
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Susan Kelechi Watson, This Is Us (NBC)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Ted Danson, The Good Place (NBC)
Walton Goggins, The Unicorn (CBS)
Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself (Netflix)
Bashir Salahuddin, Sherman’s Showcase (IFC)
Ramy Youssef, Ramy (Hulu)

BEST ACTOR - Film
Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
Robert De Niro – The Irishman
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Film
Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

‘The Bay’s Kristos Andrews, Vivica A. Fox & Michael Copon Set For ‘yA’ Spinoff In The Works By Lany Entertainment

(12/6/19) yA (working title), a spinoff of Amazon’s multiple Emmy-winning digital daytime drama series The Bay, which is in development from original series creator Gregori J. Martin, former General Hospital showrunner Wendy Riche and producer LANY Entertainment, is rounding out its cast.

Co-written by Martin and Riche, the coming of age young adult series will follow teens Frankie Sanders and Regan Sanders (played by twins, Bianca D’Ambrosio and Chiara D’Ambrosio) as they relocate to sunny California and a sometimes cruel new social environment of Bay City High. Crossing over from The Bay season 1 are series star Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett, Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Independence Day) as Dr. Angela Foster, and Michael Copon (One Tree Hill, Power Rangers) as Officer Colton Kurosaki.

The series regular cast of the spinoff also will include Dante Aleksander, who plays Xander Castro, with newcomers Damoni Burkhardt, Logan Garretson, Brady Gentry, Tyler C. Lofton, and Bella Martinez. Several social media influencers will recur throughout the season, including Tessa Brooks as resident mean girl Evelyn, and Indiana Massara as troubled teen Lindsay.

Cast also includes Melrose Place alum Jamie Luner, Ian Buchanan (Twin Peaks), Galadriel Stineman (Until Dawn), Mark Famiglietti (Terminator 3), Eltony Williams (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong), Jacob Young (Bold & the Beautiful), Fiona Hutchison (One Life to Live) and Alla Korot (Grimm), and as previously reported, Wanda De Jesus (Sons of Anarchy) and Devious Maids’ Gilles Marini.

Other season 1 recurring/guest stars include Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th) as the school security guard Pooch, Emmy winner Brad Maule (General Hospital) as Mr. Ford, Eileen Fogerty (Better Call Saul) as Principal Wu, as previously reported Mike C. Manning (Teen Wolf) as Mr. McKinnon, and Lane Davies (Santa Barbara) as Police Captain Johnson. Twins Chloe Frizzi and Sophia Frizzi (Young Judith, The Walking Dead) will appear in a flashback sequence as young Frankie and Regan. Additional cast members for this season to be announced.

Andrews also directs yA with creator and showrunner Martin. The Bay’s Wendy Riche, who co-wrote the 10-episode first season of yA with creator Martin, serves as executive producer along with Martin and Andrews. Riche also executive produced General Hospital and MTV’s Laguna Beach.

The series, which is currently being shopped, is in production with a release date scheduled for winter 2020.

Justin Hartley Divorce Wife Chrishell's Moving Out

(12/4/19) Chrishell Stause is making the next big move in her divorce from "This Is Us" star Justin Hartley ... by packing up her stuff and leaving their home.

The "Selling Sunset" star was seen talking to movers at her L.A. residence Wednesday, and it looks like she's staying positive through the rough situation. A moving truck was also parked in front of the house she's shared with her recently estranged husband.

We broke the story ... Chrishell filed her response to Justin's divorce petition, and strongly suggests she was totally blindsided by it. According to the docs, she lists their separation date as Nov. 22, 2019 -- the day Justin filed for divorce -- but he claims they separated on July 8, 2019.

As we've pointed out ... that's a bit odd, considering the couple was seen out together multiple times after that date, including a week before his divorce filing.

The separation date isn't the only thing the 2 don't agree on -- Chrishell wants Justin to pay spousal support and her attorney's fees ... but he wants the opposite.

Chrishell also took a thinly veiled shot at Justin on social media by sharing a quote about it being difficult to watch people change, and now ... she's changing her address.

The National Board of Review Award Winners

(12/4/19) Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD

Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, RICHARD JEWELL

'This Is Us' Star Justin Hartley Wife Responds in Divorce Strongly Hints She Was Blindsided!!!

(12/4/19) (tmz.com) Chrishell Hartley and "This Is Us" star Justin Hartley see a huge 5-month difference in when their marriage fell apart and, according to her, his divorce filing was a total blindside.

Chrishell just filed her response to Justin's divorce petition and, according to the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- she's listing their date of separation as Nov. 22, 2019 ... literally the day Justin ran to court and filed his petition.

Meanwhile, he says they separated on July 8, 2019 ... which seemed crazy because we'd seen them out together multiple times since then, most recently in November -- just a week before his divorce filing.

Besides the separation date -- Chrishell and Justin don't see eye to eye on a couple of other issues. According to her docs, filed by celeb attorney Samantha Spector, Chrishell says she wants him to pay spousal support ... and he doesn't want to pay.

She also wants him to cover her attorney's fees, but -- you guessed it -- Justin wants her to cover her own legal expenses.

Chrishell seemed to indicate the breakup was bitter with a not-so cryptic post on Monday about watching people change.

Oh, and speaking of change ... Chrishell has one other request in her docs. She's going back to her maiden name ... Stause.

Justin Hartley’s soon-to-be ex-wife posts cryptic quote

(12/2/19) Justin Hartley‘s estranged wife, Chrishell Stause, shared a cryptic message that seemingly took aim at their impending divorce.

“It’s hard to watch people change right in front of you. But it’s even harder remembering who they used to be,” read a quote by Nishan Panwar posted to her Instagram on Monday.

In November, Hartley, 42, filed to divorce Stause, 38, citing irreconcilable differences. He filed the documents without an attorney, according to TMZ.

The former couple met during their soap opera days, with Chrishell on “Days of Our Lives” and Hartley in “Passions” and “The Young and the Restless.”

The two dated for three years before Hartley popped the question in summer 2016, and they tied the knot the following October. They have no children together; Hartley has one daughter, Isabella, from a previous relationship.

Hartley currently stars on hit NBC series “This Is Us,” and Stause appears on Netflix’s “Selling Sunset.”

Fergie & Josh Duhamel We Finally Agree On Divorce Terms

(11/25/19) Josh Duhamel and Fergie are seeing eye to eye ... about how to NOT be together -- they've agreed on the terms of their divorce, and they did NOT rush into anything.

More than 2 years -- it's actually closer to 3 -- since they separated, Fergie and Josh filed their divorce settlement Friday in L.A. Superior Court. We don't know the terms of their agreement yet, and a judge still has to sign off.

Fergie filed to divorce Josh back in May ... but they announced they were separated back in September 2017 -- although both acknowledged they'd been apart for several months before that.

The exes have one child -- their 6-year-old son, Axl. Fergie wanted joint legal and physical custody. She also wanted to go back to her maiden name, Ferguson.

Finn Wittrock Cast In New Regency Thriller ‘Deep Water’ Starring Ben Affleck

(11/25/19) Finn Wittrock, who can currently be seen opposite Renée Zellweger in the Judy Garland biopic Judy has been added to the cast of Deep Water, the Adrian Lyne-directed thriller starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas. He joins Tracy Letts, Rachel Blanchard, Dash Mihok, Lil Rel Howery, Jacob Elordi, Kristen Connolly and Jade Fernandez in the film, which is in production.

The pic follows an attractive young married couple, Vic and Melinda Van Allen, whose mind games with each other take a twisted turn when people around them start turning up dead. The couple staves off divorce in a loveless marriage by allowing each to take lovers, but it becomes messy as Highsmith exposes the surface facade of American suburban life.

Zack Helm and Sam Levinson penned the screenplay based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Producers are Garrett Basch, Steven Zaillian, Entertainment 360’s Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner, Anthony Katagas, and Arnon Milchan. New Regency financed the project.

Wittrock, who appeared in the season finale of American Horror Story: 1984, will next be seen in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series Ratched, as well as the indie drama Long Weekend.

He’s repped by CAA and Weissenbach Management.

Talk Show Appearance

(11/24/19) Rachael Ray – Syndicated

AIRING Nov 26, 2019

Cameron Mathison ("All My Children," "The Christmas Club")

Justin Hartley Files for Divorce ... This is No Longer Us

(11/22/19) Justin Hartley has filed for divorce after only 2 years of marriage.

Hartley filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- in which he claims irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce from Chrishell Stause, who has been on "Days of Our Lives" and is a star of the Netflix show, "Selling Sunset."

It's almost like this came out of the blue. Justin and Chrishell were together just last week, so something seems to have happened.

The couple has no children together, so custody won't be an issue. It's unclear if they have a prenup. BTW, Justin has one child from a previous marriage.

Justin and Chrishell dated for 3 years before he proposed. They met when their mutual friend encouraged them to go on a date since they were both starring in soaps at the time and were single. He was on "Young and the Restless," and the soap community is small.

Update 3:59 PM PT -- The plot just thickened. Justin lists the date of separation as July 8, 2019 ... months ago. The weird thing is ... they've been together a number of times since then ... as recently as last week. And, in his docs, Justin says he does not want to pay Chrishell spousal support and he wants her to pay her own lawyer's fees. It is possible they had a prenup that would make spousal support unnecessary.

Dishing with Digest - 11/22/19 - Amelia Heinle

(11/22/19) (Listen / download) Amelia Heinle talks about her road from LOVING’S Steffy to YOUNG AND RESTLESS’s Victoria, weighs in on her soap names, talks about her bond with her Newman co-stars and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the recent DAYS rumors — and pickup.

Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society Teams With HBO Max For Comedy ‘Fashionably Black’; Robin Thede And Christa Gatewood Writing Script

(11/22/19) Michael B. Jordan is heading to HBO Max…with some style. The Black Panther actor and Alana Mayo are developing the comedy Fashionably Black (wt) under their Outlier Society production banner alongside HBO Max, which is set to launch their streaming service in 2020. The feature film will be penned by Christa Gatewood and Robin Thede (A Black Lady Sketch Show), who will also serve as executive producer. Outlier Society’s Khaliah Neal is also set to executive produce.

Set in the world of haute couture, the comedy explores what happens when you actually put a black woman at the top spot in fashion. The film will follow viral sensation Zoe Bankole who, after becoming the industry’s first and only black woman creative director for a French haute couture house, must contend with short deadlines, petty rivals and attempts at whitewashing her style in order to create the collection of her dreams.

Considering the history of appropriation and racist actions of certain fashion houses, the film seems is on point with its plan to address the relationship of race and the fashion industry. Earlier this year, Dior was put on blast for using Native American culture and imagery for their fragrance Sauvage. In addition, Gucci was also called out for a blatantly racist blackface turtle neck — but that wasn’t the first instance of blackface in the fashion industry. Prada created blackface keychains and Moncler used blackface on their coats. H&M was also dragged for using a black child to model a monkey sweater. Since then, Ava DuVernay was called in by Prada to head their Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council while legendary designer Dapper Dan was called upon by Gucci (who he has worked with before on a capsule collection) to right their wrongs. That said, Fashionably Black should be interesting.

Outlier Society’s first big studio feature Just Mercy bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival in September to awards season buzz and is set for wide release on December 25. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Jordan and Jamie Foxx, the Warner Bros. film is based on the memoir by attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson.

The production company recently signed a first-look film deal with Warner Bros Studios and a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios. They recently acquired Kingdom of Souls, the first installment of a fantasy novel trilogy by Rena Barron. In addition to Fashionably Black, their slate of upcoming projects include Paramount Pictures’ Without Remorse, based on the Tom Clancy series; an untitled original monster movie from Jordan Vogt-Roberts; the Warner Bros. thriller Methusaleh; an adaptation of the fantasy novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf; and WWII action drama The Liberators.

Jordan and Outlier Society are repped by WME, attorney Greg Slewett, and Rogers & Cowan. Thede and Gatewood are represented by WME and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.

Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ Adds ‘Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany To Fox Searchlight Flick With Cate Blanchett & Bradley Cooper

(11/21/19) Holt McCallany’s (Bruce Emory, All My Children) Christmas looks like it’s coming a little early this year

The Mindhunter star is already before the cameras on the other side of the Atlantic for Guy Ritchie’s Cash Truck with Jason Statham, as Deadline revealed last month. Now I hear that the actor is joining Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Williem Defoe and Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.

The deal for the Buchwald, Atlas Artists and attorney Rick Genow repped McCallany to get on board with the del Toro, J. Miles Dale and TSG Entertainment produced drama just came together.

As a part of that cast, which also includes Toni Collette and David Strathairn, McCallany will play Anderson, a get-the-job-done bruiser with more going on that is first apparent from his tough guy persona.

Based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel revolving around an ex-carnival con-man turned spiritualist, played by Cooper, who teams up with a female psychiatrist to scoop cash out of the wallets and lives of their wealthy marks with some less than holy moves – until things turn. The del Toro and Kim Morgan penned Fox Searchlight flick is the director’s first time back behind the camera since The Shape of Water won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Which is longish way of saying, it’s a pretty powerful bundle with a top tier cast.

BTW – if you think you’ve heard some of this before late one night on TV, you’re correct. Tyrone Power and Coleen Gray starred in a 1947 adaptation of Gresham’s book that was directed by Edmund Goulding. This Nightmare Alley is looking at a Toronto shot next year with a possible 2021 release.

Previously known for his bare- knuckled stint with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in David Fincher’s Fight Club, McCallany has found all new horizons as FBIAgent Bill Tench opposite Jonathan Groff in Netflix’s magnetic serial killer drama Mindhunter. The acclaimed Fincher and Charlize Theron EP’d series is waiting for a Season 3 green light from the streamer after the show’s second season debuted in August (see my review here). The actor’s more recent big screen performances include Sully, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back , a blink and you’d miss him turn in Justice League and Shot Caller and is next up in the French-language film Le Dindon.

9 Hallmark Christmas Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

(11/19/19) There are tons of other networks and streaming services delivering holiday cheer this year, but Hallmark still takes the crown when it comes to Christmas content. The network's annual Countdown to Christmas series is now in full swing, with a bunch of your teen crushes starring in this year's film sleigh slate, and there are a few films in particular that seem to deserve prime placement on our nice list.

Here are some of this year's Hallmark Christmas movies that we think are the must-sees of the season (all times are Eastern).

1. Write Before Christmas
Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.
Not only will Jessica (Torrey DeVitto) inspire you to finally send out some holiday cards this year, but she'll also connect with a special someone (Chad Michael Murray) in the process. Their rendezvous may or may not (read: definitely will) interrupt those no-dating-over-the-holidays plans she has in this pic.

2. Christmas Under the Stars
Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.
Sure, you might have a hard time believing that an ambitious investment banker (Jesse Metcalfe) would pick up at a gig at a Christmas tree lot after being let go from his day job, but hey, at least it'll give him an opportunity to meet a lovely astronomy teacher (Autumn Reeser) who can teach him a thing or two about star-gazing.

3. Christmas at Graceland
Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m.
What could possibly bring two pretty people together better than an Elvis-themed Christmas shindig? In this film, Harper (Kaitlin Doubleday) spends her holiday in between jobs working as a nanny for handsome widower Owen (Adrian Grenier), and they work together on a holiday exhibit that's bound to get them all shook up.

4. Merry & Bright
Sunday, Nov. 24 at 10:03 p.m.
Ah yes, that feeling when you think that new hunk in your life has been sent as a set-up from your mom, but he turns out to be a corporate drone! In this film, Cate (Jodie Sweetin) is the CEO of a candy company who meets Gabe (Andrew Walker) and thinks he's someone her mother wants her to date. As it happens, though, he's actually around on business to ensure the company's profitability. Surrounded by all those holiday treats, though, these two are bound to get sweet on each other before it's all said and done.

5. A Christmas Duet
Monday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.
When it comes to Christmas movies, there's no place like Vermont for an estranged couple to come back together. In this film, former singing duo Averie (Chaley Rose) and Jesse (Rome Flynn) have grown apart since the release of their hit holiday song, but they'll reunite at her cozy little lodge just in time for the Yuletide Festival to bring the spirit of the season back into their lives. Chances are, they'll be making some very beautiful music together again.

6. Christmas in Rome
Saturday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.
Getting fired right before the holiday is a massive bummer, but for Angela (Lacey Chabert), opportunity will knock pretty quickly when a handsome executive named Oliver (Sam Page) hires her to be his tour guide around Italy's capital. Will sparks fly in the Eternal City? Count on it.

7. Christmas Town
Sunday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
OK, OK, so the place isn't actually called Christmas Town, but this movie is about a charming little hideaway that helps to rekindle the spirit of the season for Lauren (Candace Cameron Bure).

8. A Christmas Love Story
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.
What could be better for a youth choir director (Kristin Chenoweth) than finding a boy with a golden voice just in time for the Christmas Eve show? Why, meeting his swoony — and available! — father (Scott Wolf), of course!

9. Double Holiday
Sunday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.
When Rebecca (Carly Pope) has to table her Hanukkah plans to co-prepare a holiday party with her office nemesis (Kristoffer Polaha), their shared sense of competition might just give way to something worth celebrating.

Tonya Pinkins on Madam Secretary 11/24/19

(11/15/19) “Ships and Countries” – When an American tech CEO goes missing in a foreign country, Elizabeth navigates complicated diplomatic terrain to get him back without triggering a regional conflict. Also, things get personal when Stevie and Henry testify at House impeachment proceedings, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Nov. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Spencer Garrett (Alan Canning), Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thomas).

Tonya Pinkins on Madam Secretary 12/1/19

(11/15/19) “Carpe Diem” – Elizabeth faces a national security crisis when a military conflict in international waters spirals to the brink of nuclear confrontation. Also, with the imminent threat of impeachment looming over the McCord administration, Elizabeth and Henry make a wish-list of things to do while she’s still in office, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Dec. 1 (10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Spencer Garrett (Alan Canning), Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thomas).

Sarah Michelle Gellar-Led Limited Series Sometimes I Lie Lands at Fox

(11/13/19) Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s TV return is inching closer to reality.

The previously-announced limited series Sometimes I Lie — starring the Buffy vet as a woman trapped inside her own body — has landed at Fox for development. Based on the novel of the same name by Alice Feeney, Gellar will star as Amber Reynolds, who wakes up in a hospital bed, paralyzed, mute and unable to open her eyes — but she can hear everything that’s going on. She doesn’t know what landed her there, and the action skips around among the present, her childhood and the recent past.

Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman (Splitting Up Together) are exec-producing alongside Gellar.

This is Gellar’s second project in development at Fox. As we previously reported, she is also reteaming with her former Ringer EPs on the prospective dramedy series Other People’s Houses. Described as a cross between Big Little Lies and Catastrophe, the project — based on Abbi Waxman’s 2018 novel — follows nine people living in the quiet, affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Larchmont Village.

Should either project snag a series order, it would mark Gellar’s most significant TV gig since CBS’ The Crazy Ones, which was cancelled in 2014. She also voices characters in Robot Chicken and Star Wars Rebels.

Obba Babatundé & Claire Coffee Recur ob S.W.A.T. 11/20/19

(11/11/19) “Lion’s Den” – The SWAT team engages in tense negotiations with a family that takes a local officer hostage when they’re evicted from their home due to eminent domain. Also, Hondo reflects on his personal life choices as he helps his father through a medical crisis and Chris’ relationship with Kira and Ty reaches a critical juncture, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RECURRING CAST includes: Lou Ferrigno, Jr. (Rocker), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr.), Claire Coffee (Kira).

Tamara Braun Shares the Secret to Healing Her Back Pain

(11/10/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since discovering acupuncture ten years ago, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Tamara Braun (Kim) has had great success with the ancient Chinese medical treatment that involves putting needles, heat, and pressure on the skin. “I’ve done it on my knees, which can hurt sometimes, but it’s really been a lifesaver for my back,” she confessed to Soaps In Depth. “I threw my back out really bad last November, and I’m glad that’s feeling better. Now, I can just do acupuncture for wellness.”

After all these years, one of those wellness sessions recently left Braun’s head spinning. “I wasn’t dizzy, but I was really light and kind of whoo-whoo,” she shares. “It was bizarre, because I’d never had that experience getting up from the table. When people talk about what it feels like to get high? This must be what it feels like. But I wasn’t used to it. I wasn’t freaking out, but I couldn’t drive.” After a few mango slices, however, Braun was energized, ready to roll and, she reports, “I had the best sleep of my life that night!”

Talk Show Appearance

(11/8/19) The Talk – CBS

Friday, Nov. 15

Peter Bergman discusses his milestone thirty years on “The Young and the Restless” (n)

First Trailer For A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS

(11/8/19) (Video) A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, starring Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), and Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will be available for rental and purchase on Amazon Prime Video beginning, November 26. “We are excited to team with California Pictures to bring A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS to all major domestic and international film markets to share the magic of the film worldwide,” said writer, director, and executive producer Michael Caruso. “So that our U.S. audience may enjoy A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, WFL Productions are releasing it for a limited time this year during the holiday season exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. We hope that people everywhere enjoy watching the film as much as we enjoyed making it.” Adds Lowder, who also serves as executive producer, “From the moment Michael Caruso shared his vision of combining a mermaid and Christmas along with the heart-warming message that this film delivers, I have been excited to share it with the world. The work on display from everyone involved, both in front of and behind the cameras, is inspiring.” Filmed on location entirely in Los Angeles, CA, the additional cast includes Sheree J. Wilson, Cole Smith, Chadwick Armstrong, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS) and Emma Demirjian, with narration by Emmy award-winning actor Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH et al).

Tonya Pinkins Guests on Madam Secretary 11/17/19

(11/8/19) “Accountability” – When U.S. intelligence locates the mastermind behind a foreign country’s hack, Elizabeth must decide whether to risk war by extracting him from the country while she also prepares for the White House correspondents’ dinner. Also, Jason faces backlash after he confronts his school newspaper over its coverage of Elizabeth, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Nov. 17 (10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson), Amanda Warren (Olivia Mason)

‘Reprisal’ Trailer: Abigail Spencer Seeks Sweet Revenge In Hulu’s Noir Drama

(11/5/19) (Video) “Revenge Is Sweet” says the tagline on this new video of Hulu’s upcoming Reprisal, to which star Abigail Spencer, if full-on noir femme fatale mode, whispers, “So I’ll be seeing you soon.”

And that pretty much is the tone of this action-packed revenge thriller from creator Josh Corbin. The set-up: Spencer’s character wants to get even with her brother and, as Hulu puts it, “his bombastic gang of gearheads.”

When someone asks the aggrieved sister why her brother’s gang would drag her through a field chained to the back of a truck, the perfectly Lauren Bacallish response is a sultry “I’m afraid that part’s a little more complicated.”

In addition to Spencer, Reprisal stars Rodrigo Santoro, Mena Massoud, Rhys Wakefield, Madison Davenport, Gilbert Owuor, David Dastmalchian, W. Earl Brown, Craig Tate, Wavyy Jonez, Shane Callahan and Rory Cochrane.

Showrunner Corbin also exec produces along with Warren Littlefield (Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale), Barry Jossen and Jonathan Van Tulleken. Ann Johnson and Graham Littlefield serve as co-executive producers. Reprisal is produced by A+E Studios in association with The Littlefield Company.

Reprisal premieres all episodes Friday, December 6 only on Hulu.

Watch the trailer above.

Ellen to Surprise People With Holiday Giveaways in 3-Night NBC Special

(11/5/19) Ellen DeGeneres is taking a recurring gift-giving bit from her daytime talker and supersizing it, for a series of NBC holiday specials.

NBC has announced that Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways will air on three consecutive evenings — Tuesday, Dec. 10 through Thursday, Dec. 12 — airing an hour each night at 8/7c.

In the series of specials, DeGeneres — along with an celebrity friends such as Michelle Obama, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr., Melissa McCarthy, Michael B. Jordan, Jason Momoa, Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Teigen — will go to “great lengths” to deliver “heartwarming” and “incredible gifts to unsuspecting people” in their homes, workplace, and in her studio audience.

“This show is something incredibly special. We took a little bit of what we do on my daytime show and we went a million times farther with it,” DeGeneres said in a statement. “I can’t wait for everyone to see what we give away and how we change lives. All I can say is: Get a hanky, and get it now.”

Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways will thus join NBC’s “Oh, What Fun” holiday lineup this season, alongside such annual specials such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Christmas in Rockefeller Center.

Dishing with Digest - 11/1/19 - Melissa Claire Egan

(11/1/19) (Listen / download) Melissa Claire Egan discusses her return to Y&R as Chelsea, her ALL MY CHILDREN years and her new Hallmark movie with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we debate the merits of soaps' special episodes.

Soap Fave Welcomes First Grandchild

(10/31/19) (Photo) Vincent Irizarry (Jordan, B&B et al) is showing off the new addition to his family, granddaughter Areli Jay, who was born on January 11. The actor, who shared photos on social media of his four children (daughters Siena and Aria and sons Ash and Alias), along with daughter-in-law Janine, gushed, “Without question, the highlight of my summer’s end, beginning of autumn, was finally having the opportunity to spend an extended time with each of my 4 beloved children, Ash, Siena, Aria, & Elias, and my wonderful daughter-in-law, Janine, while finally meeting my precious granddaughter, Areli. It’s been [way] too long, all of us living in different parts of the country, conflicting schedules and work commitments. I honestly couldn’t be more proud of each of them, of the young men and women of character and substance they’ve become, nor more grateful for how much they’ve enhanced my life in truly immeasurable, unimaginable ways. Additionally, my blessings have been multiplied even greater by the newest addition to my life, our family, in the form of my first grandchild, Areli Jay, who entered our world and grateful lives on Jan 11th off this year… Yes, my cup runneth over indeed. #proudfather.#proudgrandpa.#4evrgr8ful.”

Josh Duhamel isn’t a ‘fashion guy’ but knows it’s important to ‘look cool’

(10/29/19) When it comes to his closet, Josh Duhamel knows what he likes.

“I’m not really known as a fashion guy necessarily, but I do want to look cool and I want my stuff to fit right,” the brand-new Lolë ambassador, 46, told Page Six Style over the phone.

Duhamel, 46, is an adventure seeker but also an outdoorsman — he’s building a cabin in Minnesota that he’ll eventually pass down to his 6-year-old son Axl, whom he shares with ex-wife Fergie — so it was important for the “Transformers” star to partner with a brand whose style matches his lifestyle.

And so far, his work with Lolë has certainly delivered on the promise of adrenaline, with activities that include skydiving and “jumping off that 50-foot cliff,” as Duhamel casually mentioned.

“I like to try things that sort of put me outside of my comfort zone,” the actor told us. “Anytime something scares me and I actually go through it and figure out a way to do it, I’m always happy for the experience and having gone through the journey.”

Duhamel also partnered with the Canadian brand because of its eco-friendly business model and its “more masculine” cuts; his favorite items include the camo “Elliot” hoodie pullover ($110) and the “Irving” packable jacket ($229).

“My taste is simple,” he explained. “I like to be able to pack things that I can wear for many occasions, especially if I’m traveling. I’m not trying to set any major trends, but I want to try to wear things that I feel comfortable in.”

Obba Babatundé Recurs on S.W.A.T 11/6/19

(10/26/19) “Kingdom” – The Harrelsons engage in a tense family reunion when Hondo’s older sister, Winnie (April Parker Jones), begrudgingly arrives in Los Angeles to see their sick father for the first time in decades. Also, the SWAT team searches for an abducted Middle Eastern human rights activist; Luca’s food truck business hits a snag; and Street worries that dating Captain Hick’s daughter, Molly (Laura James), will negatively impact his career, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Nov. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RECURRING CAST: Lou Ferrigno, Jr. (Rocker), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Gabrielle Dennis (Brianna Harrelson), Laura James (Molly Hicks), Otis “Odie” Gallop (Sgt. Stevens)

Michael B. Jordan Animated Series ‘gen: LOCK’ Moves From Rooster Teeth To HBO Max For Second Season Premiere

(10/26/19) Michael B. Jordan-voiced animated series gen:LOCK has been handed a second season via HBO Max.

The first season of the half-hour series premiered on Rooster Teeth, the WarnerMedia digital brand, but the second season will premiere on HBO Max before becoming available to subscribers of Rooster Teeth’s subscription service First 90 days later.

It is the latest example of WarnerMedia moving content to the HBO Max streaming service; earlier this week, it brought back Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time for four one-hour specials, and earlier today it commissioned four documentary projects from CNN.

gen:LOCK, which was created by Gray Haddock and focuses on a near-future dystopia undergoing a new, technologically driven world war, stars Creed and Black Panther star Jordan alongside Dakota Fanning (The Alienist), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Golshifteh Farahani (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), and David Tennant (Jessica Jones, Dr. Who), who all return.

It tells the story of an oppressive authoritarian force that threatens to conquer the world. A daring team is recruited to pilot a new form of devastating mecha, but they must be willing to sacrifice everything to save the world.

gen:LOCK is executive produced by Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo of Outlier Society, along with Rooster Teeth’s Matt Hullum and Ryan P. Hall. The series is produced by Rooster Teeth’s in-house animation studio.

“We are proud to bring gen:LOCK’s bold vision, inventive style, and extraordinary cast to HBO Max, and to build on the success that our partners at Rooster Teeth and Outlier Society have crafted so skillfully,” said Billy Wee, senior vice president original animation, HBO Max.

“We’re beyond excited to be producing a second season of gen:LOCK for HBO Max,” said Matt Hullum, co-founder and Chief Content Officer at Rooster Teeth. “Billy Wee and the team at HBO Max have been incredibly supportive in the development process, and we’re thrilled to be working closely with them on this project. We were blown away by the response to the first season of this show, both by the Rooster Teeth community and the Adult Swim audience, and cannot wait to bring it to more fans of action, sci-fi, and mecha animation.”

Watch James Patrick Stuart's New Music Video Featuring Two GH Co-Stars

(10/25/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Have you listened to The Apple Tree, the debut album from GENERAL HOSPITAL star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin)? Well, if you haven't, you can check out one of the tracks, "Mr. Give," courtesy of this new music video directed by Jaime Bennington and edited by River Demson. Oh, and you might recognize a couple of familiar faces in the video as Stuart sings about Miss Take and Miss Trust — the multi-talented performer enlisted GH co-stars Cynthia Watros (Nina) and Chloe Lanier (Nelle) to appear alongside him!

"Mr. Give" is just one of the 12 songs available on Stuart's debut album, The Apple Tree. GH fans also heard another one, "My Dear," when Valentin sang it to Nina at their combined bachelor/bachelorette parties in the Oct. 2 episode.

You can stream The Apple Tree on major streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music and is available for download on iTunes and Amazon. You can also purchase a physical CD from Amazon, but for just about the same price, you can also order a CD directly from Stuart's website where not only will he autograph it for you, proceeds from the sale will go to the Alzheimer's Association. Which sounds like a win-win to us!

Susan Lucci, Tony Danza, Janeane Garofalo & More Set For Nov. 25 CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY

(10/25/19) (broadwayworld.com) This November, Celebrity Autobiography will continue to celebrate its 10th anniversary as winner of the Drama Desk Award with a show on Monday, November 25 at 7pm in NYC at the show's original home, The Triad (158 West 72nd St). Last winter, Celebrity Autobiography enjoyed a residency at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway, and the 11/25 NYC show at The Triad will feature Susan Lucci, Tony Danza, Janeane Garofalo, John Fugelsang, and show creators, Emmy-nominated, Drama Desk-winners Eugene Pack & Dayle Reyfel. Tickets are $80, $60 and $40 (plus a two-drink minimum) and can be purchased at www.CelebrityAutobiography.com.

How does Vanna flip her panels? What does Stallone store in his freezer? Why did Justin Bieber get stuck in the trunk of a car? What does Hasselhoff reveal about the beauties of Baywatch? Get ready to find out. Running for 10 sold out years in New York and touring the world and seen on Bravo TV, Celebrity Autobiography features top performers bringing to life the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. The passages run the gamut from the "poetry" of Suzanne Somers...to tips from the Kardashians...to the most famous Hollywood love triangle in history--Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds & Eddie Fisher--told from all sides! And what's remarkable and unforgettably hilarious - it's all "in their own words". From the words of CELINE, ZAYN, ELVIS, TIGER, ARNOLD, BRITNEY, MILEY, DOLLY, CHER, OPRAH, BIEBER, BEYONCE and BEYOND!

Created by Eugene Pack and developed by Pack & Dayle Reyfel, audiences at Celebrity Autobiography are treated to an entertaining evening of non-stop laughter as an eclectic mix of talented, hilarious performers act out classic excerpts from a range of celebrity tell-alls by Bieber to Barbra to Beyoncé and Beyond! This unique, no holds-barred show is unlike anything else in New York and has played for sold-out crowds all around the world including London's West End, Edinburgh, Australia's Sydney Opera House and Broadway (Marquis Theater). Celebrity Autobiography is produced by Angelo Fraboni, Peter Martin, EP Productions and Dayle Reyfel.

Kelly Ripa's Son Gave Her a Job on a Film School Project Assigned by a Professor She's Known for Years

(10/22/19) (people.com) Michael Consuelos recently asked his mom Kelly Ripa to help out with his film school project — but it turns out the assignment was given by a professor who Ripa knows very well.

On Sunday, the Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host announced on Instagram that her 22-year-old son, who is currently a student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, had asked her to be a producer on his film project.

“When your son gives you a job……. #filmschool #tvshow #producer” Ripa, 49, captioned a photo of herself and Michael smiling.

The following day, Ripa discussed her new “gig” on her talk show and revealed that she actually had a very special connection to Michael’s professor — he was a director on All My Children for 11 years and was responsible for casting Mark Consuelos as her husband on the show!

“The professor of this class is the professor that directed — he wasn’t a professor at the time, he was a director — he directed the screen test between Mark and me at All My Children,” Ripa explained to her co-host, Ryan Seacrest.

“So when Michael was touring all the film schools … he got into several film schools and he was trying to make a decision and he kept waiting for a sign, something to hit him in the head,” she continued. “Because wherever he was, that’s what he liked, so he kept waiting for the sign.”

That sign finally came to Michael while he was touring New York University’s campus with his mom and ran into Christopher Goutman, who now works as an Academic Director and Assistant Professor at the Tisch School.

“We’re walking down the hallway and I hear a voice I know [say], ‘Consuelos!'” Ripa recalled. “He turns around and I see Chris Goutman, who was our director at All My Children … I worked with him for 11 years.”

“And he goes, ‘You have to come here because I am literally the reason you exist!'” Ripa went on. “And that’s how he made a decision!”

Ripa starred as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children from 1990 to 2002. Consuelos, 48, officially joined the soap opera’s cast as Hayley’s husband Mateo Santos in 1995. The pair then tied the knot a year later, in 1996.

The actress has previously admitted that the moment she first saw her now-husband, she knew he was the one.

“I saw my husband in a photograph before I saw him,” Ripa told Bruce Bozzi for his SiriusXM Radio Andy show “Lunch with Bruce” in Aug. 2018. “I knew when I saw his photograph.”

“They had been looking for this character for some time. They were looking really for a Latino actor,” Ripa recalled. “And so I had auditioned every Latino actor in the city and around the city and then California. And then all of a sudden, Judy Blye Wilson, who was the casting director at All My Children, said, ‘I found him.'”

At the time, Consuelos had just graduated from college and was a “green” actor who hadn’t done much work.

“[Judy] showed me his picture and … at that point, I was not a hopeless romantic. I never thought about getting married, it never occurred to me that I would grow old with someone. I just thought I would be living my single girl life in the city,” Ripa explained. “When I saw him, the photograph of him, I saw my entire future with him flash before — like I saw it. And I don’t believe in any of that and now I do because of that moment.”

More than two decades later, the couple are still blissfully in love and have three children together. (In addition to Michael, they also share son Joaquin, 16, and daughter Lola, 18, who is currently a first-year student at NYU.)

It appears Michael may be following in his parents’ footsteps, too. The NYU student landed a guest role on Riverdale in Aug. 2018 as the young Hiram Lodge — a perfect fit as the adult version of the scheming mobster is played by his father.

The film major is expected to graduate from NYU this coming spring.

Jordi Vilasuso Reflects Back on Lean Times

(10/20/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) While they’re pounding the pavement for their next acting role, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jordi Vilasuso (Rey) applauds performers who work outside of showbiz — such as Geoffrey Owens, a one-time COSBY SHOW star who was discovered to be working at a Trader Joe’s last year. “You do whatever you have to do to take care of your family,” Vilasuso reflected to Soaps In Depth. “I do not want to sit at home and twiddle my thumbs as an actor. This is the kind of job that has hills and valleys. There are times when it gets very slow between gigs, and I have picked up the odd job just for my own peace of mind. I might not have had to work, but I wanted to feel productive.” As for Owens, Vilasuso was thrilled to learn that the photo, originally intended to shame the actor, turned into something positive. “This guy got a gig from Tyler Perry! How great is that?”

Talk Show Appearance

(10/20/19)JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, ABC

Tu 10/22: Kelly Ripa

Dishing with Digest - 10/18/19 - Michael E. Knight

(10/18/19) (Listen / download) Three-time Emmy winner Michael E. Knight reflects upon his years as ALL MY CHILDREN’s Tad, his new role as GH’s Martin and why he’s not on social media with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we look at stars who started their career in soaps.

The Sinner Season 3 Trailer: Matt Bomer and Chris Messina Have a Secret

(10/18/19) (Video) Chris Messina flashes a smile — and gives off some serious sociopathic vibes — in the first full-length trailer for Season 3 of The Sinner.

As previously reported, the third installment of the USA Network anthology (which is set to bow in 2020) follows Detective Harry Ambrose as he investigates a tragic car accident in upstate New York. As the case unfolds, Ambrose “uncovers a hidden crime that pulls him into the most dangerous and disturbing case of his career,” according to the official logline. Matt Bomer’s Jamie is the upstanding local resident at the center of it all, while Messina plays Nick, a college friend who pays Jamie a most unwelcome visit.

The sneak peek seems to implicate Jamie and Nick as the two men who were speeding toward a Dorchester home in the middle of the night. And there’s reason to believe that the victim whose hand we see in the wreckage is Nick, since it’s Jamie who’s brought in for questioning.

Regardless of the outcome, one thing is abundantly clear: Nick has dirt on Jamie, and Jamie doesn’t want it getting out.

Rounding out the Season 3 cast are Parisa Fitz-Henley (Midnight, Texas) as Leela Burns, Jamie’s wife; Jessica Hecht (The Affair) as Sonya, a painter who gets involved in the investigation after the accident occurs on her property; and Eddie Martinez (Orange Is the New Black) as Vic Soto, a former Marine-turned-detective who works alongside Ambrose to solve the case.

‘Into The Dark’: Kyle Howard, Julian Sands, Natalie Hall Among 6 Cast In Installment Of Hulu Event Series

(10/17/19) Kyle Howard (My Boys), Julian Sands (What/If), Dustin Milligan (Schitt’s Creek), Angela Sarafyan (Westworld), Molly Hagan (Sully) and Natalie Hall (Only the Brave) have been cast in the December installment of Hulu’s Into The Dark, a monthly horror event series from Blumhouse Television.

The Into the Dark series includes 12 feature-length episodes, released each month over one year and inspired by a holiday, featuring Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story.

Howard, Sands, Milligan, Sarafyan, Hagan and Hall will appear in the A Nasty Piece Of Work installment set for premiere December 6 on Hulu.

A Nasty Piece of Work follows a mid-level employee at a large company who finds out he’s not getting the Christmas bonus or promotion he was expecting. But then his boss invites him over for dinner with a proposal for how he can climb the corporate ladder… by beating his professional rival in a violent competition.

Charles Hood directs the film, written by Paul Soter.

Howard is repped by Innovative Artists and Management 360. Sands is repped by TalentWorks and Seven Summits. Milligan is repped by Gersh and RED Management. Sarafyan is repped by Innovative Artists, Grandview and attorney Adam Kaller. Hagan is repped by Amsel, Eisenstadt, Frazier & Hinojosa Talent Agency and Patino Management Company. Hall is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and Industry Entertainment.

Y&R’s Elizabeth Hendrickson: Officially Married

(10/17/19) Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R) who recently announced that she and hubby Rob Meder are expecting their first child, a daughter, next March, has yet more reason to celebrate: She and Meder (who had a symbolic wedding earlier this year in St. Barts) are now officially married, after exchanging vows at the courthouse in Santa Barbara on October 15. “We made it official today. Just like the Bieber’s, but better,” she joked on Instagram. In an Instagram story, she explained, “our wedding in saint Barth’s was not ‘legal’. The marriage license/transfer to California was too much of a headache to deal with.” To see a wedding photo of the happy couple, click here.

Robin Strasser On DAYS: “They won’t be using me again”

(10/17/19) On Twitter, Robin Strasser (ex-Vivian) revealed that she was informed last week that she wouldn’t be returning to DAYS. She posted, “so it’s clear to all who may overhear us: #Days Opens in New Window told me eve of #YomKippur Opens in New Window that they won’t be using me again as #VivianAllamain Opens in New Window To be clear: I’m AVAILABLE for other projects & maybe 100K peeps might come watch;-)” When a fan responded “Shame on #DOOL,” Strasser replied, “NO SHAME on anyone Kathy:) #DOOL Opens in New Window got a great pinch hitter when they got me-lol. Their ratings went up which is always a win for any TV show! I showed up when they said they needed me-win! Now they’ve got different point of view-OK-the way I see it-it’s still win/win all around:).”

Maurice Benard Launches an Inspirational New Website

(10/16/19) Actor Maurice Benard has always used the fame he attained playing Sonny Corinthos on GENERAL HOSPITAL to promote worthy causes, and nothing is more important to him than mental health issues. So he has launched a brand new website called Maurice Benard State of Mind where he can focus on using his own experiences to help others. "State of Mind, to me, means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life, and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be," reads Benard's mission statement for the site.

He also explained that the website is a way for him to reach out and communicate with his fans. "It's a communion I have with my audience," he shared on Instagram. "I speak of my life living with mental illness, we talk, we laugh, sometimes we cry. In the end, I always feel like I've gone through something."

The website collects Bernard's "Sunday Sessions" that he's been doing since September, archiving his weekly Instagram videos where he speaks directly with his fans about whatever issues are on his mind at the time. There is also a store where you can purchase Benard's upcoming autobiography, Nothing General About It, as well as State of Mind T-shirts for men and women in a variety of colors and styles.

So click the link to visit www.MBStateofMind.com and follow the official MB State of Mind Instagram account. Plus, mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 17, because Benard is scheduled to do a live Instagram chat at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET! And for more on this GH star's new endeavor, don't miss his exclusive interview in the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale Monday, Nov. 4!.

‘Mank’: Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, ‘Downton Abbey’s Tuppence Middleton & More Join David Fincher Pic

(10/16/19) David Fincher is rounding out the cast for his upcoming Netflix feature, Mank, about the tumultuous development of Orson Welles’ classics Citizen Kane.

Joining previously announced Oscar winner Gary Oldman is Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, Arliss Howard (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones), Ferdinand Kingsley (Dracula Untold), Jamie McShane (Gone Girl), Joseph Cross (Milk), Sam Troughton (Chernobyl), Toby Leonard Moore (Billions), Tom Burke (The Souvenir) and Tom Pelphrey (Iron Fist).

The project is a longtime-in-the-making for the two-time Oscar-nominated director, who will shoot the film in black and white with production starting next month. Based on a screenplay by the Gone Girl filmmaker’s late father, Howard “Jack” Fincher, Mank follows famed Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (played by Oldman), who co-wrote Citizen Kane with Welles and shared the Oscar win for best original screenplay.

Douglas Urbanski, Eric Roth, and Cean Chaffin are producing the project.

Mank reps Fincher’s first feature directorial since 2014’s Gone Girl. Fincher was nominated for directing 2010’s The Social Network and 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

After Announcing Her Pregnancy, Elizabeth Hendrickson Opens up About Her Past Miscarriages

(10/12/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Actress Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) recently announced her pregnancy, but a couple of days later, she revealed that this was not the first pregnancy she has experienced. "Two years ago in early October, I found out I was pregnant with our first child," she confided on Instagram. "I was in shock. It was not planned. I was excited, but also scared. I wasn't sure if I was ready but knew I was with the person I wanted to have a child with so I came around quickly. Shortly after, I experienced my first miscarriage. It was also a shock as it had all come and gone so quickly.

"A few months later, I was pregnant again," Hendrickson continued. "I was more prepared for the positive result and so thankful to get pregnant so quickly also for being in my late 30s. On the day of my first scheduled doctor's appointment at eight weeks, I started experiencing the same cramps as last time. It was awful. Painful. Emotionally and physically."

Experiencing two miscarriages led Hendrickson to question herself, but she soon found out she wasn't alone. "I felt discouraged, incompetent, and started having doubts in myself if I was ever meant to be a mother," she confessed. "I didn't know how common it was until I started talking about it more openly with my friends and even with women I wasn't that close with at my business. It helped immensely. The stories that other women shared made me realize I was not alone and at times I felt guilty talking about it when I heard about those who had miscarriages much later than I or had given birth to stillborns.

"Talk about your experiences," Hendrickson urged. "Good or bad. You will find a new tribe of support you never knew existed. It's what gave me the strength and courage to continue to try. We were meant to be parents when the timing was right. I couldn't at the time understand why that was our story but now looking back, I can see it all clearly. What's meant to be is meant to be. Trust the story being written no matter how it may unfold. It somehow always works out in the end. To all of those who have had similar experiences, I wrap my virtual arms around you and squeeze you tightly. I know how awful it feels. You have support. Please try to talk about it. It helps immensely."

Please join us in wishing Hendrickson a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery early next year when her child with husband Rob Meder is due in March.

Tamara Braun Previews Her New Play With GH Alum Ronnie Marmo

(10/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Kim isn't exactly the picture of mental stability right now on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but portrayer Tamara Braun will be playing a psychiatrist in the new play Death With Dignity… Comes in a Milkshake! Written by Sam Henry Kass and directed by GH alum Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie), the play opens at Theater 68 in North Hollywood on Friday, Oct. 18 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 16 with a preview held on Thursday, Oct. 17. "It's exciting!" Braun gushed to Soaps In Depth of the production.

Death With Dignity… Comes in a Milkshake centers around a therapy session that erupts into full-blown mental anarchy as a therapist must contend with an office commandeered by her patients and she questions her own training and qualifications as she attempts to reign in the chaos. Tackling politics, social issues, and show business, the play reveals the thin line that separates doctor and patient.

"Honestly, I had been thinking about doing a weekend of one-acts with soap actors," Braun confided. "I had been talking about that with a few people to gauge interest. Then, out of the blue, I got a text from Ronnie saying he was directing this new play by Sam Henry Kass and kept thinking of me for a role. I saw it as a gift."

Braun was thrilled to get back on stage and flex some different acting muscles than the ones she uses on GH, and has reveled in the challenges it has presented. "It's been an interesting process becuase we didn't have Ronnie for almost two weeks because he is putting his one-man show [I'm Not a Comedian… I'm Lenny Bruce] up in Chicago and had a retreat with his New York Theater group," she revealed. "So it's been a bit unusual. He Skyped into rehearsals a couple of times and always checked in with us. He is back now and extremely enthusiastic, energetic, and inspired by the piece and what the actors are finding in it."

Death With Dignity… Comes in a Milkshake will have performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. with two Sunday matinees. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.theater68.com.

Elizabeth Hendrickson Announces Pregnancy

(10/10/19) Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R) announced on social media that she and husband Rob Meder are expecting their first baby. The actress posted a photo of her baby bump with the caption, “No that’s not a belly full of bagels it’s a belly full of bagels AND a BABY! We can’t wait to meet our baby GIRL, March 2020. Our journey to getting pregnant has not been easy and I’m looking forward to talk about it more publicly, hear your stories, share experiences and learn as much I can from all of you. I’m finally going to be a Mother and I can’t wait for what’s to come!!!” To see the photo of the mom-to-be, click here https://www.instagram.com/p/B3ZkwJDHHmt/

Facebook Live with Joshua Morrow and Melissa Claire Egan!

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Tom Wopat Guests on Madam Secretary 10/27/19

(10/9/19) “Valor” – Henry teams up with a Marine veteran to fight for legislation that helps Veterans Affairs provide better mental health care, but he encounters surprising resistance from Vice President Carlos Morejon (José Zúñiga). Also, Senator Hanson (Wentworth Miller) questions Daisy about an arrest in her past, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Oct. 27 (10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tom Wopat guest stars as Senator Peoples, Chairman of the Veteran Affairs Committee.

Obba Babatundé Recurs on S.W.A.T. 10/30/19

(10/9/19) “The LBC” – Street reconnects with his estranged foster brother, Nate (Cory Hardict), to help a joint investigation between SWAT and the Long Beach Police Department when criminals steal a mass arsenal of LAPD assault rifles. Also, Hondo finds himself at odds with his father over the elder man’s declining health, and Luca is overwhelmed when the entire team reconsiders becoming investors in his food truck, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RECURRING CAST: Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Deshae Frost (Darryl), Gabrielle Dennis (Brianna).

GH-ers Team Up For New Play

(10/4/19) Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie, GH) is directing Tamara Braun (Kim, GH) in the world premiere of Sam Henry Kass’s Death With Dignity…. Comes In A Milkshake. The show will run from October 18 to November 16 (with a preview show on October 17) at Theatre 68 in North Hollywood, CA. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.theatre68.com.

Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin - Guest Peter Bergman

(10/3/19) (Listen / download) Soap opera superstar Peter Bergman has played two of the genre's most memorable characters. What's it like for an actor to go all-in on daytime TV?

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Grand Hotel Cancelled at ABC

(10/2/19) ABC’s Grand Hotel is no longer taking reservations. The primetime sudser has been canceled after one season, TVLine has confirmed.

Executive-produced by Eva Longoria, Grand Hotel starred Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez as Santiago and Gigi Mendoza, owners of Miami’s famed Riviera Grand hotel. The cast also included Denyse Tontz and Bryan Craig as Alicia and Javi, Santiago’s children; Lincoln Younes as Danny, a waiter working undercover to find his missing sister; Wendy Raquel Robinson as Helen, the hotel’s head of staff; Feliz Ramirez and Justin Adorno as Caroline and Yoli, Gigi’s daughters; and Anne Winters as Ingrid, one of the hotel’s scheming housekeepers.

Grand Hotel wrapped its first season on Sept. 9 with a finale full of soap-tastic reveals: Danny discovered that his sister was killed by Helen’s husband, who died of cancer shortly thereafter; Javi made a hot new friend with benefits, who turned out to be none other than Ingrid’s mother; and Santiago learned the truth about Jason’s paternity, shortly before being shot in the basement of the Riviera Grand by a masked assailant.

Grand Hotel averaged just under 2.8 million total weekly viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, ranking ninth among all ABC summertime programs (but besting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., What Would You Do?, something called Family Food Fight and Reef Break).

‘Shameless’: Mary Kay Place, Elizabeth Rodriguez Join Season 10 Cast

(10/2/19) Emmy winner Mary Kay Place and Orange Is the New Black‘s Elizabeth Rodriguez have been set to guest star in multiple episodes of Showtime’s Shameless, which returns for Season 10 on November 10.

Place will play Aunt Oopie, the irritatingly sweet aunt to Tami (Kate Miner), who is the girlfriend of Lip (Jeremy Allen White). Aunt Oopie is a lifesaving babysitter but has some complicated worldviews. Rodriguez will play Faye, a femme fatale who takes to Frank (William H. Macy) for reasons at first not understood.

They join Constance Zimmer, Chelsea Rendon, Rachel Dratch and Anthony Alabi, who have also joined the cast for the upcoming 10th season.

The series premiere picks up sixth months after last season’s finale, with Frank using his leg injury to collect as many prescription drugs as possible, leading him to an old friend. Debbie (Emma Kenney, meanwhile, has stepped in as the new Gallagher matriarch after the exit of Emmy Rossum’s Fiona, Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) returns home after finishing military school, Liam (Christian Isaiah) is committed to learning more about black history and culture, and Ian (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey (Noel Fisher) rekindle their romance in prison as cellmates.

Place, an Emmy winner for Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, on the TV side most recently appeared on Imposters, Lady Dynamite, Grace and Frankie and Getting On. In film, she recently starred in the 2018 indie drama Diane. She is repped by Gersh.

Rodriguez, who plays Aleida Diaz on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, was also a series regular in Fear the Walking Dead and recurred for six seasons on Power. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 2011 for The Motherf*cker With the Hat. She is repped by Innovative Artists and Opus Entertainment.

Shameless is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros Television.

Regis Philbin and Susan Lucci in Cabaret comeback

(10/2/19) Spunky Regis Philbin is cooking up a comeback, and the 88-year-old TV legend wants Susan Lucci. to join him, sources exclusively snitched to The National ENQUIRER.

The retired daytime yakker — who spent decades with ABC — has reached out to the 72-year-old soap opera diva to resurrect their nightclub act, which was a hit with fans from 2002 to 2011, insiders dished.

“Regis misses being on-stage!” a source squealed. “And he says he never had a better performing partner than Susan.”

After All My Children star Susan largely retired from live shows, Regis continued the act with longtime buddy Don Rickles. But the insult comic’s devastating death in 2017 left him without a stage partner.

Regis had reached out to his former Live! Opens a New Window. sidekick 66-year-old Kathie Lee Gifford. — who’s fresh off an 11-year stretch at Today — but she turned him down, sources reported.

“Kathie Lee just started her new life in Nashville and wasn’t ready to go right back out on the road,” the insider snitched.

So Regis is focusing on getting La Lucci back on-stage with him, according to sources.

But the actress is only a year removed from heart surgery. Though she’s feeling better, she has yet to commit to rejoining Reege on the road.

Still, insiders believe, it may just be a matter of time before she caves to his endless advances.

“Susan hasn’t said yes yet, but Regis is convinced he can wear his old friend down!” said another source.

‘Deputy’ Casts Natalia Cigliuti

(10/2/19) Natalia Cigliuti (This Is Us) is set for a key recurring role on the upcoming Fox series Deputy, starring Stephen Dorff, from Entertainment One and Fox Entertainment. Created by Will Beall and directed by David Ayer, Deputy is a cop drama that blends the spirit of a classic Western with a modern-day attitude and gritty authenticity. When the Los Angeles County Sheriff dies, an arcane rule forged back in the Wild West thrusts the most unlikely man into the job: a fifth-generation lawman (Dorff) who’s more comfortable taking down bad guys than navigating a sea of politics. He leads a skilled team of ambitious and complicated people who won’t rest until justice is served. Cigliuti plays Teresa, the wife of Deputy Cade Walker (Brian Van Holt). She’s a prestigious law school graduate who turned her back on offers from top law firms to become a public defender in the Los Angeles Superior Court and represent the long-forgotten people in LA. Cigliuti most recently recurred as Josie Woods on NBC’s This Is Us. She previously was a series regular on Raising the Bar and All My Children and recurred on The Glades, among other TV credits. Cigliuti is repped by Sager Entertainment and KMR.

‘Madam C.J. Walker’: Cornelius Smith Jr., Keeya King & J. Alphonse Nicholson Join Netflix Limited Series

(10/2/19) Scandal alum Cornelius Smith Jr, Keeya King (Van Helsing) and J. Alphonse Nicholson (P-Valley) are set for recurring roles opposite Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish in Madam C.J. Walker, an eight-episode limited series starring and executive produced by Oscar winner Spencer and executive produced by LeBron James.

Written by Nicole Asher based on the book On Her Own Ground by A’Lelia Bundles, Madam C.J. Walker tells the untold and highly irreverent story of black hair-care pioneer and mogul Madam C.J. Walker (Spencer) and how she overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become America’s first self-made black female millionaire.

Smith will play W.E.B. Dubois, America’s foremost black intellectual and civil rights activist who is publisher of The Crisis and a co-founder of the NAACP, who befriends Walker.

King will portray Peaches, a stunning, tomboyish jazz singer who befriends Walker’s daughter Lelia (Haddish). King plays Violet in Syfy’s Van Helsing and has guest-starred on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. She is repped by Play Management and The Characters Agency.

Nicholson will play John Robinson, Lelia’s musician husband who can’t seem to get on Madam Walker’s good side, no matter how hard he tries.

Spencer executive produces alongside James and Maverick Carter via SpringHill, Mark Holder, Christine Holder, as well as showrunners Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson.

Smith played Marcus Walker for four seasons on ABC’s hit series Scandal. His other recent credits include the Amazon Studios feature Seberg, opposite Anthony Mackie and Kristen Stewart, and a recurring role on the Lionsgate TV/Spectrum Originals anthology series Manhunt, among others. Smith is repped by APA, Grandview and Hansen Jacobson.

Nicholson is a series regular on Starz’s P-Valley. His other TV credits include Blue Bloods, Mr.Robot, Shots Fired, Marvel’s Luke Cage, Tales, The Blacklist and Chicago P.D. He’s repped by AC Management, CESD and Jackoway Austen.

Obba Babatundé on S.W.A.T 10/23/19

(10/1/19) “Immunity” – Deacon’s family gets caught in the crosshairs of a drug cartel when he and the SWAT team aim to bring down its leader, a former foreign rebel force leader running drugs in plain sight via a local flower market. Also, Hondo receives troubling news regarding his father, and Tan is forced to go before an internal review board due to his girlfriend’s indiscretion, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RECURRING CAST: Lou Ferrigno, Jr. (Rocker), Bre Blair (Annie Kay), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Deshae Frost (Darryl), Otis “Odie” Gallop (Sergeant Stevens)

Tonya Pinkins on Madam Secretary 10/20/19

(10/1/19) “Killer Robots” – Elizabeth must decide whether to use autonomous unmanned weapons or send U.S. soldiers to bring the mastermind of the UN gas attack to justice. Also, Blake is questioned by Senator Hanson (Wentworth Miller) about potential campaign finance violations related to his love life, and Henry and Elizabeth search for the perfect dog, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Oct. 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST: Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson), Amanda Warren (Olivia Mason).

Réal Andrews Opens up About His Bipolar Diagnosis

(9/26/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Over the years, Réal Andrews has appeared on numerous daytime dramas, including DAYS OF OUR LIVES, ALL MY CHILDREN, AS THE WORLD TURNS, SANTA BARBARA, and of course, GENERAL HOSPITAL, where he played Detective Marcus Taggert. In the years since his stint on ATWT, the actor pressed pause on his career. “My dad got ill with Parkinson’s, and after he passed away, my mom got sick,” he explained to Soaps In Depth, “so my mind just wasn’t in it.” In addition to supporting them, Andrews also developed entrepreneurial enterprises and became a fitness/nutrition coach as well as a motivational speaker. But in his own life, “I had three hip surgeries, one of which wasn’t good,” he said. Consequently, “I was in chronic pain for four years and became addicted to opioids and alcohol.”

Today, the soap vet is sober and reprioritizing both his health and his passion for performing. However, he’s also had a revelation that was two decades in the making. “I was having crazy, dark thoughts. Then it hit me one day that for the first time in my life, I’m not masking it with drugs, alcohol or anything like that. It was right there in my face!” he admitted. That’s when he decided to see a physician and “got officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder.”

Now receiving treatment, Andrews feels like a new man and wants to encourage others in the same boat to seek help. “I want to be able to tell you that you’re not alone,” he said. “There’s a big difference between being depressed, sad or having a bad day and suffering from this sickness. When you don’t know where [those feelings] come from, you don’t know how to stop them.”

My ultimate [goal], and kind of what I’ve already started working towards,” he said, “is being on the big stage, talking to hundreds of thousands of people about depression.”

The actor currently plays Dr. Keith Campbell on Amazon’s THE BAY THE SERIES, but as he looks to the future, there’s another kind of character he’s eyeing. “I like to play heavies: bad guys and psychos. I’ve always been drawn to that,” he admitted. “I became an actor because I saw Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.” While he says that he would “absolutely do daytime again,” Andrews remains open to whatever the next leg of his journey brings. “I put a lot of faith in my representation, but my No. 1 representation is God,” he insisted. “So whatever He puts on my plate… my job is to show up with excellence.”

Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon to Star as Sisters in Downton Abbey Creator's HBO Drama The Gilded Age

(9/26/19) HBO’s The Gilded Age is assembling quite a dazzling cast: Emmy winners Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon lead a quartet of cast additions to the upcoming drama from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, TVLine has learned.

Baranski — currently starring on CBS All Access’ The Good Fight — will play stubborn aristocrat Agnes van Rhijn, who managed to hook a husband just as her family’s plantation was collapsing and proudly resists change at every turn. (Kind of sounds like the new Dowager Countess, doesn’t she?) Nixon — returning to HBO after six seasons on Sex and the City — will play Agnes’ sister Ava Brook, who’s forced to rely on her sister’s charity when times get tough. Both Baranski and Nixon will be series regulars. Also joining the cast as series regulars: Amanda Peet (Togetherness, Brockmire), who plays Bertha Russell, who’s using her husband’s business success to infiltrate the upper crust; and Morgan Spector (Homeland), who plays Bertha’s husband George Russell, a ruthless robber baron who doesn’t like to lose.

Set in 1880s America, The Gilded Age centers on young Marian Brook, an orphaned daughter of a Southern general who moves in with her aunts in New York City and finds herself thrust into high society. Fellowes will serve as writer, creator and executive producer, with his Downton Abbey collaborator Gareth Neame serving as another EP. The series, originally developed at NBC, earned a 10-episode order from HBO back in May.

Finn Wittrock & Zoe Chao Topline Indie ‘Long Weekend’

(9/26/19) Finn Wittrock and Zoe Chao are the leads of Long Weekend, a romantic dramedy penned and directed by Steve Basilone, whose credits included writing for The Goldbergs, Community and Happy Endings. The pic, from Fifty Seventh Street Productions and Rebelle Media along with Park Pictures and Invisible Pictures, just wrapped principal photography in Los Angeles. Damon Wayans Jr., Casey Wilson, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jim Rash co-star.

The plot of the love story infused with magical realism centers Bart (Wittrock), a down-on-his-luck struggling writer, and the enigmatic woman (Chao) who enters his life at the right time. Wayans Jr. and Wilson, who worked with Basilone on Happy Endings, play Bart’s always supportive best friends, McLendon-Covey is his pesky landlord, and Rash as his new boss.

Deanna Barillari, Laura Lewis, Sam Bisbee, Theodora Dunlap, Jess Jacobs and Audrey Rosenberg are producers. Franklin Carson, Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord are executive producers. CAA Media Finance and Lewis’ Rebelle Media are repping sales.

Wittrock is up next playing Mickey Deans in Judy and his recent credits include The Last Black Man in San Francisco and If Beale Street Could Talk. He’s repped by CAA, Weissenbach Management and Relevant.

Chao starred in the Facebook Watch series Strangers which ran for two seasons. Up next in Rash and Faxon’s Downhill, the Dakota Johnons-starring Covers and the Paul Rudd Netflix series Living with Yourself. She also is a lead in the new HBO Max series Love Life with Anna Kendrick. Chao is represented by CAA and B Company.

Wayans is repped by WME, Wilson by UTA and Rise Management, McLendon-Covey by UTA and manager Gladys Gonzalez, and Rash by CAA and Atlas Artists. Basilone is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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Debbie Allen & Obba Babatundé Recur on S.W.A.T. 10/16/19

(9/24/19) “Funny Money” – The SWAT team bumps heads with Lt. Lynch when she signs them up for an off-book undercover operation to take down a local gang printing counterfeit money, without giving them enough time to prepare for the mission. Also, tensions rise at home for Hondo as his parents’ strained relationship becomes worse, on S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RECURRING CAST: Debbie Allen (Charice Harrelson), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr), Deshae Frost (Darryl), Otis “Odie” Gallop (Sergeant Stevens)

Maurice Benard’s Memoirs Available For Pre-Order!

(9/23/19) Nothing General About It: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me On and Off General Hospital Hardcover – April 7, 2020 by Maurice Benard

The Emmy Award-winning star of General Hospital chronicles his astonishing and emotional life journey in this powerful memoir—an inspiring story of success, show business, and family, and his struggle with mental illness.

Maurice Benard has been blessed with family, fame, and a successful career. For twenty-five years, he has played one of the most well-known characters on daytime television: General Hospital’s Michael “Sonny” Corinthos, Jr. In his life outside the screen, he is a loving husband and the father of four. But his path has not been without hardship. When he was only twenty, Maurice was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH.

Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.

A shocking, riveting, and utterly candid memoir of love, adversity, and ultimately hope, Nothing General About It offers insights and advice for everyone trying to cope with mental illness, and is a motivational story that offers lessons in perseverance—of the importance of believing in and fighting for yourself through the darkest times.

Nothing General About It includes a 16-page insert featuring approximately 50 photographs.

To secure your copy, click here.

Tonya Pinkins on MADAM SECRETARY 10/13/19

(9/20/19) “The Strike Zone” – Elizabeth faces mounting protests over rising fuel costs as she prepares to throw out the first pitch at a New York Mets game. Also, Mike B. is questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of the investigation into whether the McCord campaign conspired with Iran to steal the election, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Oct. 13 (10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST: Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson), Amanda Warren (Olivia Mason), Brian Sutherland (Senator Armstrong)

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TAINTED DREAMS Finds Another Streaming Platform

(9/19/19) TAINTED DREAMS, the Emmy-nominated digital series based on the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, has announced that Seasons 1 and 2 of this hit series will stream on the new (and free) platform Popstar! TV beginning September 23. TAINTED DREAMS is a steamy dramedy following the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called PAINTED DREAMS, and features soap faves like Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), Austin Peck (ex-Austin, DAYS), Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip, GUIDING LIGHT) and more. There will be a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background as to how all the characters came to be a part of the PAINTED DREAMS team. “I am beyond thrilled to introduce a younger generation to our iconic cast and a story that is so dear to my heart,” says Executive Producer/Creator Sonia Blangiardo. “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series.” You can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit www.tainteddreams.com. The series is also available on Amazon.

General Hospital writers reveal whether Michael Knight will resurrect Tad Martin

(9/19/19) (ew.com) (Photo1, Photo2) General Hospital will celebrate a real blast from the past on Sept. 30 when Michael Knight, the legacy soap actor who is best known for playing Tad Martin on All My Children, comes to Port Charles as a character who’s “capable of all manner of shenanigans.”

Sadly, head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor are revealing to EW that Knight won’t be resurrecting Tad the way Hilary B. Smith brought back her One Life to Live character Nora Buchanan on GH. Instead, he’ll create a new character for the ABC sudser. “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated,” teases Van Etten.

EW has obtained a first look of Knight from the set. Is he an attorney? A mob boss? The CEO of Tinder?

Even though he isn’t bringing back his beloved AMC role, it wasn’t far back in the mind of Van Etten and O’Connor. “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters,” admits Van Etten. “We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”

Regardless of the mystery surrounding Knight’s role, the writers are thrilled about what he will bring to GH. He started filming on Sept. 10 on the show’s Los Angeles set.

“I knew he could bring a little zest to the General Hospital canvas. He’s his own special brand of zest!” says Van Etten. “I think the devotees of soap operas love seeing this callback to the rich history of ABC daytime shows.”

While the writers can’t say how long Knight’s character will stick around Port Charles, he is expected to cross paths with James Patrick Stuart, who played Will Cortlandt alongside Knight in the early ’90s on AMC. Stuart now plays Valentin Cassadine on GH.

“It’s a treat for the audience to see performers who have worked together in the past mix it up,” adds O’Connor.

Both writers said they zeroed in on Knight after knowing they had a particular role to fill on the daytime sudser. “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him!” says Van Etten. “It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

Lest you’ve been living in exile, Knight is best known for playing Tad Martin on AMC from 1982–1986, 1988–1990, and then from 1992 until the finale on ABC in 2011. He also popped up in the online version in 2013.

Raising Dion Trailer: Michael B. Jordan Netflix Drama Offers a Fresh Take on Superhero Origin Stories

(9/19/19) (Video) With Raising Dion, Netflix is introducing us to a new kind of superhero — one who still has some of his baby teeth.

The drama stars Alisha Wainwright (Shadowhunters) as Nicole, a young woman left to raise her eight-year-old son after the death of her husband Mark, played by Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights). But everyday problems soon become super-sized dilemmas when Dion, played by newcomer Ja’Siah Young, begins to exhibit mysterious new abilities. With the help of Mark’s best friend Pat, played by Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Nicole must help Dion get his powers under control, while protecting him from a nefarious government organization with questionable intentions.

Raising Dion‘s cast also includes Jazmyn Simon (Ballers) as Nicole’s sister Kat, a surgical resident who can’t help but offer her two cents when it comes to parenting Dion. “All in all, she’s a wonderful and supportive aunt and sister, but has a hard time biting her tongue as she watches her sister make mistakes,” according to her official character description.

Dion will also get an assist from Esperanza — played by newcomer Sammi Haney — a young girl with brittle bone disease. “A brilliant artist wise beyond her years, she looks out for Dion in an endearing manner, and, though it takes a while, Dion grows to realize she is his best friend.”

Based on the comic book by Dennis Liu, Raising Dion‘s first season hits Netflix on Friday, Oct. 4.

The Sinner: Matt Bomer Makes Debut in First Promo for Delayed Season 3

(9/19/19) (Video) Matt Bomer’s USA Network homecoming has been pushed to 2020.

The cable network has released a new promo for The Sinner Season 3, which reveals that the Bill Pullman-led crime anthology will not be back in 2019. Instead, the show will return next year at an as-yet-specified date. (The two previous seasons debuted a year apart, in August 2017 and 2018.)

The third installment of the Jessica Biel-EP’ed series will follow Detective Harry Ambrose (Pullman) as he investigates a tragic car accident in upstate New York. As the case unfolds, Ambrose “uncovers a hidden crime that pulls him into the most dangerous and disturbing case of his career,” according to the official logline.

Bomer, who previously headlined USA’s White Collar, stars here as Jamie, an upstanding local resident and expectant father who looks to Ambrose for support in the wake of the accident. In the teaser, which was first shared by E! Online, we get a glimpse of the wreckage, which includes a blood-soaked headlight and the hand of a potential victim. Jamie’s exact involvement in the accident remains unclear, but he does have a visible scar.

Rounding out the Season 3 cast are Chris Messina (The Mindy Project) as Nick Haas, a college friend who pays Jamie a surprise visit; Parisa Fitz-Henley (Midnight, Texas) as Leela Burns, Jamie’s wife; Jessica Hecht (Special) as Sonya, a painter who gets involved in the investigation after the accident occurs on her property; and Eddie Martinez (Orange Is the New Black) as Vic Soto, a former Marine-turned-detective who works alongside Ambrose to solve the case.

Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society & Warner Bros Acquire Rena Barron Novel Trilogy ‘Kingdom Of Souls’

(9/19/19) After a strong Toronto premiere of its first big studio feature Just Mercy at Toronto, Michael B. Jordan’s Warner Bros-based Outlier Society is hungry for more. Warner Bros. has just acquired for Jordan Kingdom of Souls, the first installment of a fantasy novel trilogy by Rena Barron, in which a young woman must give up her own life, bit by bit, in a magical bargain to save her village–and the world. Outlier Society’s Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo are producing with Pouya Shahbazian. Misan Sagay is attached to write the screenplay.

Barron spins a darkly magical YA fantasy tale that blends tales of folk magic, voodoo, and Orisha from her own community. Kingdom of Souls centers on Arrah, a young woman born into a family of powerful witch doctors. She yearns for magic of her own, but each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval. When children begin disappearing, including a boy she’d befriended, Arrah is desperate to find the culprit. She tries a deadly last resort to cast the spell that will find the children: she trades years of her own life for scraps of magic. But she uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Barron grew up in small-town Alabama, where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. Before HarperTeen acquired her young adult epic fantasy, Barron spent 10 years writing across multiple genres and age groups hoping to get published. In 2017, she entered Pitch Wars, an online mentorship program that included an agent showcase round. Barron’s entry (then titled The Last Witchdoctor) received more requests than any novel the service ever had. In addition to the Kingdom of Souls trilogy, Barron also has written a middle grade series: the first book, titled Maya and The Rising Dark, debuts in May 2020.

Cameron Mathison Shares the Latest on His Cancer Recovery

(9/16/19) Following his surgery, ALL MY CHILDREN star Cameron Mathison (Ryan) is home from the hospital and on the mend! "Unbelievably grateful to be back home after a successful partial nephrectomy surgery," he reported. "It was an eventful four days in the hospital, and doing well at home now. Dr. Inderbir Gill is a miracle worker, and my whole family is indebted to him and everyone at Keck Medicine of USC. Thank you to everyone sending prayers, positive thoughts, flowers, cards, stuffed animals, food, love… and kidney beans. Love you guys."

AMC Alum Engaged

(9/16/19) Jesse McCartney (ex-J.R., ALL MY CHILDREN) got engaged to his girlfriend, Katie Peterson, on Friday. The couple have been together for seven years. McCartney shared a shot of himself kissing his bride-to-be with the caption, “Locked it up!” He then followed it up with a photo of a shocked Katie with the ring on, posting, “Katie McCartney has a nice ring to it.” Congratulations to the happy couple!

Cameron Mathison Medical Update

(9/13/19) Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) posted an update on his fight against kidney cancer this morning and shared a shot from his hospital bed surrounded by his children, Leila and Lucas. “Feeling loved and supported by my family and friends, including each and everyone of you,” he wrote on social media. “I’ve been very overwhelmed and so grateful for all of the supportive comments and prayers. The surgery went very well. The tumor is gone and I even got to keep 80% of my kidney?? We are all optimistic. Keep you updated. So grateful for all of you ??”

Amanda Seyfried In Talks To Star In ‘Things Heard & Seen’ Film For Netflix

(9/13/19) Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried is in negotiations to topline the Netflix film, Things Heard & Seen, which is being directed by American Splendor helmers Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman.

The pic is an adaptation of the book All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage. It follows recent transplants to a small town who find their new home is cursed by the tragic murders of its former owners. As one haunted secret peels away to uncover others, their marriage reveals itself to have a sinister darkness of its own.

Pulcini and Berman will adapt the screenplay, while Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman, Stefanie Azpiazu and Peter Cron will produce with Julie Cohen.

Production is slated to take place Hudson Valley, New York next month.

Tonya Pinkins on Madam Secretary 10/6/19

(9/13/19) “Hail to the Chief” – Elizabeth must fend off a baseless investigation into her past that threatens to derail the first major legislation of her presidency, on the sixth season premiere of MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Oct. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also, First Gentleman Henry squirms after his appearance on THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT (with guest star Stephen Colbert) results in heightened scrutiny of the romance in the First Couple’s marriage. Wentworth Miller guest stars as Senator Mark Hanson, a canny political operator.

GUEST CAST includes: Stephen Colbert (Himself), Wentworth Miller (Senator Mark Hanson), Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson).

AMC Alum Cameron Mathison Shares Cancer Diagnosis

(9/11/19) Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, he shared on his talk show, HOME & FAMILY, and on social media. In his post, Mathison reported, “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they found a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs???? They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years????. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET?? My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) ????.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!!

Dirty John Season 2: Amanda Peet and Christian Slater Set to Star, Succeeding Connie Britton and Eric Bana

(9/10/19) Dirty John has found a new tainted love to embrace — and a new set of stars to bring it to life.

TVLine has learned that TV vets Amanda Peet (Brockmire) and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) have been tapped to headline Season 2 of the USA Network-bound anthology thriller, succeeding Season 1 leads Connie Britton and Eric Bana. Additionally, we can confirm that the new season will be based on the sordid real-life tale involving suburban housewife Betty Broderick, who in 1989 was convicted of killing her ex-husband and his second wife.

Bearing the new title Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, Season 2 will unpack Broderick’s “epic true tale of love gone wrong — a story that spans the 1960s to the ’80s, through the breakdown of a marriage that Oprah deemed one of ‘America’s messiest divorces’ even before it ended in double homicide,” per the official logline.

Peet will portray Broderick, described as the “perfect Southern California blonde wife and mother.” Slater, meanwhile, will play her immensely charming — and ill-fated — husband Daniel. The gig keeps Slater in the USA Network fold following his four-season run on Mr. Robot, which kicks off its final season on Oct. 6.

Back in May, shortly after Dirty John was renewed for a second season, it was announced that the series would shift from Bravo (its Season 1 home) to sister NBC Universal cabler USA Network. Dirty John was a breakout hit for Bravo, finishing its rookie run as one of last year’s top 10 cable scripted shows in the 18-49 demo.

‘Little Fires Everywhere’: Obba Babatundé To Recur In Hulu Series

(9/10/19) Daytime Emmy winner Obba Babatundé (Dear White People) is set for a recurring role opposite Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Rosemarie DeWitt and Joshua Jackson in Little Fires Everywhere, Hulu’s upcoming limited series based on Celeste Ng’s bestselling book.

Developed and written by Casual‘s Liz Tigelaar, the series hails from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios. Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Babatundé will play George Wright, a devoutly religious father of two who does his best to support his strong-willed daughter Mia (Kerry Washington) as she heads off to art school. But when his daughter’s decisions conflict with his morals, George finds himself having to make a choice that he was never prepared to.

Jade Pettyjohn (Lexie Richardson), Jordan Elsass (Trip Richardson), Gavin Lewis (Moody Richardson), Megan Stott (Izzy Richardson), and Lexi Underwood (Pearl Warren) also star.

Babatundé will be returning to Season 3 of the CBS drama series S.W.A.T. in his recurring role of Daniel Harrelson Sr., the father of Hondo (Shemar Moore). He also stars as Dean Fairbanks in Season 3 of Netflix’s drama Dear White People.

Babatunde’ won a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Julius Avant on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and received a Supporting Actor Primetime Emmy nomination for his role in the HBO drama Miss Ever’s Boys. Babatundé is repped by Artists & Representatives.

Michael B. Jordan reveals his superhero at Toronto film fest

(9/8/19) They may be two of the hottest names in Hollywood, but Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx bonded on playing mere mortals in the Q&A after their new movie, “Just Mercy,” at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday.

Jordan, who’s a sweat-glistened stunner as Adonis Johnson in the “Creed” movies and as antihero Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther,” talked about suiting up (literally) to play crusading Alabama lawyer Bryan Stevenson in the heartbreaking courtroom drama “Just Mercy,” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (“Short Term Twelve”).

Clad in a glittering overcoat for the film’s premiere night at the film fest, Jordan cut a glam figure as he talked about getting into character to play Stevenson.

“He’s a real life superhero for me,” Jordan told the crowd at Toronto’s Elgin Theater. “It was very intimidating. I felt like I had a lot of pressure to get it right. I get emotional thinking about it. Because I think this is gonna help him fight the fight … I lost my words.”

In the film, Jordan-as-Stevenson forgoes a tony law career after a Harvard education to move to Alabama to defend men on death row he believes have been wrongly accused. One of them, Walter McMillian, is played in the film by Oscar winner Foxx.

“When they asked me to get into the skin of Walter McMillian, which any black man will tell you… I understand what it is to be called [N-word],” Foxx told the audience. “I come from a small town in Texas. In 2008 there was a young man named Barack Obama … in my town, the newspaper’s only six pages, and [his win] was not on the front page of our paper. So I understand what Walter was feeling.”

Foxx went on to say that despite his A-lister status, he still looks over his shoulder when he sees blue lights in the rearview mirror. “Even today. if I’m driving in my nice car, if I see a policeman — not to demonize all policemen — I still feel like something could happen,” he said.

Talk Show Appearance

(9/7/19) Tamron Hall – Syndicated

AIRING Sep 13, 2019

Actress Susan Lucci

Dishing With Digest - 9/6/19 - Vincent Irizarry

(9/6/19) (Listen / download) B&B’s Vincent Irizarry Chronicles Soap Journey.

Vincent Irizarry takes a deep dive into his daytime journey, from GUIDING LIGHT’s Lujack to B&B’s Jordan, recalls a memorable encounter with Marisa Tomei, his prime-time successes and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky.

‘A Mouthful Of Air’: Amanda Seyfried, Finn Wittrock, Paul Giamatti, Amy Irving & Jennifer Carpenter Set For Maven Pictures Drama

(9/5/19) Production gets underway next week in the U.S. on feature drama A Mouthful Of Air, starring Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), Amy Irving (Yentl), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways).

Written and directed by Amy Koppelman (I Smile Back) and based on Koppelman’s novel of the same name, the script is a character piece examining the relationship between the creative process and mental illness. Seyfried will star as Julie, a new mom and children’s book author, who escapes into the bright Crayola colored world of her creation in order to leave behind the darkness caused by her post partum depression.

Wittrock will play Ethan, Julie’s husband. Irving will play Julie’s mother, Carpenter will play her sister in law and Giamatti will play her doctor.

The film is being produced by Mike Harrop, Koppelman, Seyfried, Lee Cohen MD and Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. Jenny Halper brought the project into Maven. Cinetic arranged financing and is repping North America.

Frankie DeMarco (All Is Lost) is the DP. Mark Samsonovich, who designed the animated segments for We The Animals, is working with Koppelman on the animation.

Maven is heading to TIFF this year the Marc Meyers’ remake Human Capital, scripted by Oren Moverman and starring Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard, Maya Hawke, Fred Hechinger, Betty Gabriel and Alex Wolff.

Seyfried recently starred alongside Milo Ventimiglia in Simon Curtis’ adaptation of The Art Of Racing In The Rain. Next year, she will star opposite Kevin Bacon in David Koepp’s You Should Have Left. She will also lend her voice to the Warner Bros animated film Scoob. She is repped by Innovative and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein and Selz.

Wittrock will next be seen starring in Judy opposite Renee Zellweger, Semper Fi alongside Jai Courtney and Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series Ratched. He is represented by James Weissenbach and CAA.

‘Just Mercy’ Trailer: Real-Life Story Makes Case That “We Can Change This World For The Better”

(9/4/19) (Video) Warner Bros has released the official trailer for Just Mercy, the uplifting awards-season drama starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

Jordan plays young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and the pic follows Stevenson’s real-life battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, he had his pick of lucrative jobs but heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal (Tim Blake Nelson) with a motive to lie.

In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

Cretton co-wrote the pic with Andrew Lanham based on Stevenson’s bestselling memoir. Rob Morgan, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson Jr and Karan Kendrick also star.

Gil Netter and Jordan are producers on the pic, which Warner Bros will release in limited theaters on December 25 before taking it wide January 10, 2020. Stevenson, Mike Drake, Niija Kuykendall, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Scott Budnick, Jeff Skoll and Charles D. King are executive producers.

Check out the trailer above.

Kelly Ripa Opens Up About the Unexpected Emotional Impact of Dropping Off Daughter Lola at College

(9/3/19) Kelly Ripa is reminiscing on her daughter Lola‘s first college drop-off — and the impact it had on their family.

During Tuesday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, the mother of three, 48, opened up about helping Lola, 18, move into her dorm and leaving her at New York University for the very first time.

For the milestone event, which occurred over the Aug. 24-25 weekend, Ripa said she was joined by her husband Mark Consuelos and their youngest son Joaquin, 16. (The couple’s eldest son, Michael, 22, also attends NYU and was moving into his own apartment in the Big Apple.)

But while Ripa expected the drop-off to be emotional for her and Consuelos, she was particularly taken aback at how much it affected her younger two children, who are only 20 months apart.

“We moved Lola into her dorm and it’s one of those things that you don’t realize how close [the kids are],” Ripa admitted. “The younger two are really close in age. Like, I didn’t even know I was pregnant with the third one because I was still nursing the second one!”

“I just assumed that, you know, I was just gaining weight from nursing. I was that one person who was gaining weight from nursing,” Ripa continued. “So they really are very, very close and I didn’t realize how close they were until it was time to say goodbye.”

The talk show co-host went on to share a number of photos from the drop-off, including one of Lola in her new dorm — complete with ombre pink bedding and her “old school” refrigerator, which Ripa said “looks like it’s from the ’50s.”

“She has four roommates so it’s quite crowded in there,” Ripa shared of the room. “[They] all just met, it’s all brand new. Scary and exciting … The room is so tiny, you just forget how tiny it is!”

Other photos featured an “overwhelmed” Joaquin sleeping on his sister’s bed as the family continued to set up the “tiny” dorm room, a sweet group shot of Lola with her parents, and a touching snap of Joaquin and Lola hugging as they said goodbye.

Aside from the sentimental moments, Ripa said there were plenty of jokes to go around.

The mom of three revealed that her husband’s words of wisdom to his only daughter prior to leaving were: “Don’t forget to get the syllabus, the syllabus is your best friend! Let the syllabus be your guiding light [and] time management is your friend.”

As for whether or not Ripa and Consuelos shed any tears at the final goodbye?

“There weren’t real tears but there were lots of ‘Don’t think I’m gonna be home before Thanksgiving because I’m not. I’m not gonna be home before Thanksgiving. You won’t see me before Thanksgiving,'” Ripa said, mimicking Lola.

“To that, I said, ‘I’ll see you in four hours when you come home because you don’t know how to use the washing machine!'” the actress quipped.

From left: Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, Lola, Michael, and Joaquin | Kelly Ripa/Instagram

This isn’t the first time that Ripa has opened up about leaving her daughter at college.

Late last month, Ripa and Consuelos helped Lola moved into her dorm and commemorated the moment with a sweet photo on Instagram.

“The nest is getting roomy…??,” Ripa captioned a heartwarming photo of herself giving her second-born a hug and kiss during the drop-off.

Consuelos, 48, also shared the same photo of his two ladies, writing, “2 down… 1 to go…????????.”

A few days prior to dropping Lola off at her new home, the mom of three shared an emotional throwback of her daughter.

In the Instagram post, a young Ripa and her husband cradle their then-newborn daughter at her christening in 2001 — both parents looking down lovingly at their baby girl.

She included the fitting Throwback Thursday hashtag, writing, “#tbt 2001 from your Christening to college. In the blink of an eye. I’m not crying. You’re crying ?? (actually Daddy’s sobbing) ??.”

The Riverdale star confirmed Ripa’s caption by commenting a crying face emoji on the post, accompanied by hearts.

Aside from her college departure, the proud parents have also recently shared moments from other big milestone events in Lola’s life, like her senior prom and graduation.

Ripa later revealed that Lola made alterations to her emerald prom dress designed by New York-based tailor Raza Wijdan “behind [their] backs,” adding, “That’s why the girls are fully on display.”

Dishing with Digest - 8/30/19 - Robin Strasser

(8/30/19) Robin Strasser Previews DAYS Debut (Listen / download).

Robin Strasser talks about her new role as DAYS’s Vivian, her memories of playing ANOTHER WORLD’s Rachel and ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Dorian and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview the big soap stories coming for fall.

Christian Slater and wife welcome daughter

(8/30/19) Christian Slater has welcomed a daughter with his wife of five years, Brittany Lopez, Page Six has confirmed.

This is the first child for the “Mr. Robot” star and his wife.

Slater, 50, is already a dad to 20-year-old Jaden Christopher and 18-year-old Eliana Sophia with ex-wife Ryan Haddon.

Slater and Lopez were married in December 2013 after three years of dating. They tied the knot in an impromptu ceremony at the Coral Gables, Fla. courthouse.

People was first to report the baby news.

Obba Babatundé Recurs On S.W.A.T. 10/2/19

(8/28/19) “Fire in the Sky” – The SWAT team works with Lieutenant Piper Lynch (Amy Farrington), a senior LAPD Hollywood Division officer, when the mayor assigns her to oversee city departments joining forces to stop a serial bomber using drones as detonation devices. Also, just as Hondo settles into legal guardianship of his teen charge, Darryl (Deshae Frost), his home life becomes more complicated when his estranged father (Obba Babatundé) unexpectedly moves in, on the third season premiere of S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 8/26/19 - The Return Of AMC & OLTL?

(8/26/19) (Listen / download) Could All My Children and One Life To Live really be making a second return from the great soap graveyard in the sky? On this week’s episode of the Soaps in Depth podcast, hosts Charlie Mason and Richard Simms ask that very question. From what form the shows might take to where they could wind up airing, they look at the rumors, the facts and throw in a little speculation of their own. Plus, what characters and stories they’d make central in a potential reboot, and what soap tropes they would try to put to rest! All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast.

Colin Egglesfield Opens Up About Facing Testicular Cancer 13 Years Ago

(8/25/19) (people.com) Now that actor Colin Egglesfield is officially cancer-free, he wants to inspire others who may be going through health crises.

The All My Children star, 46, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2006 just months after he began his role as Josh Madden on the soap opera, he told Fox News in a new interview.

He admitted when he first started to notice his symptoms, it wasn’t something he wanted to open up about. “It’s not something that men normally like to talk about, and for the longest time, I didn’t want to talk about it because it’s something very personal,” said Egglesfield.

“I just noticed that my left testicle had swelled up, and I went to see the doctor and he said that we needed to do some tests, ultrasound, a blood test. And they discovered that it was at a pretty advanced stage, and did the surgery and found that some of the cancer cells had gone through the veins and arteries to the kidneys,” he continued to tell Fox News.

A year into his initial diagnosis, Egglesfield shared, the doctors found that the cancer had spread to his other testicle despite going through surgery to remove it.

Luckily, Egglesfield recovered — and has turned his story into a call to action, now volunteering with St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Egglesfield shared that he is able to easily relate to the children and families going through similar treatments.

His work also inspired him to write his new book, Agile Artist: Life Lessons from Hollywood and Beyond, which details his health journey and was released in June.

“This was 13 years ago, so thankfully I am cancer-free,” he told Fox News in the new interview. “I feel like at this point in my life, it made sense to put it down on paper.”

In the book, Egglesfield said he talks about “how to go after what really matters to you in life,” and also overcoming “challenges.”

Sarah Michelle Gellar to Headline Fox Dramedy Series From Ringer Creators

(8/23/19) Fox could soon be staging a reunion (of sorts) for the one-and-done drama series Ringer. Sarah Michelle Gellar is reteaming with the show’s co-creators for Other People’s Houses, a dramedy currently in development.

Gellar is slated to star in and exec-produce the potential series, which is described as a cross between Big Little Lies and Catastrophe. Based on Abbi Waxman’s 2018 novel, the project follows nine people living in the quiet, affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Larchmont Village. Through the lens of social media, the characters will navigate emotional ups and downs “as they try to figure out their lives as partners, parents, friends and neighbors,” the logline reads. Gellar will portray Anne Porter, a working mom and social media influencer who is at the center of the neighborhood’s drama. She’ll serve as an EP alongside Ringer bosses Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, as well as Neil Meron, best known for NBC’s recent live musical productions.

Other People’s Houses would mark Gellar’s first regular primetime gig since the 2013 CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, which was cancelled after one season. More recently, she’s lent her voice to Star Wars Rebels and Robot Chicken, and she made a brief cameo in The Big Bang Theory‘s series finale in May. Gellar was also attached to star in the limited series Sometimes I Lie, announced in January, though there’s currently no word on whether the project is moving forward.

Christian Slater, YaYa Gosselin, Akira Akbar, Pedro Pascal And More Join Robert Rodriguez’s ‘We Can Be Heroes’ At Netflix

(8/22/19) Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming superhero pic We Can Be Heroes has justed added a flood of talent to their robust ensemble. Christian Slater (Mr. Robot, The Wife), YaYa Gosselin (FBI Most Wanted, The Purge), Akira Akbar (Captain Marvel, This Is Us) and Pedro Pascal (Narcos, Wonder Woman 1984) are set for the movie which is currently shooting in Texas.

The pic follows the children of Earth’s superheroes after their parents have been kidnapped by alien invaders. The children must team up and learn to work together if they want to save their parents and the world.

In addition to Slater, Gosselin, Akbar and the previously announced Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, the pic will also feature Andrew Diaz, Andy Walken (The Kids are Alright, A Christmas Story Live!), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Hala Finley (Man with a Plan, Backroads) Isaiah Russell-Bailey (Family Reunion, SWAT), Lotus Blossom (Magic Max), Lyon Daniels (Patriot), Nathan Blair (Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever.), Sung Kang (Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, Better Luck Tomorrow),Vivien Lyra Blair (Bird Box, Waco), Adriana Barraza (Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Babel, Cake, Penny Dreadful), Brittany Perry-Russell (13 Reasons Why) and Christopher McDonald (Mr. Iglesias, Wetlands).

Rodriguez, a genre-centric filmmaker, isn’t a stranger to action pics starring kids. He previously directed, wrote, and produced the Spy Kids franchise as well as the superhero pic The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. He also recently directed Alita: Battle Angel as well as Sin City and the follow-up Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

General Hospital Casts All My Children Vet Michael E. Knight in Mystery Role

(8/21/19) Now this is more than a tad interesting: All My Children vet Michael E. Knight has been cast on ABC’s sole surviving sudser, General Hospital.

SoapOperaDigest.com first reported the news.

No details on Knight’s GH role are being made available; TVLine hears, though, that he will begin taping scenes when the soap returns from its mid-summer production hiatus.

A seven-time Daytime Emmy nominee — and three-time winner — during his AMC run, Knight first played Tad “the Cad” Martin in 1982, and save for the occasional break stuck with the soap through both its ABC and online revival finales. (He also played Ted Orsini on AMC, but… we don’t really talk about that.)

In addition to his time as AMC‘s Tad, Knight’s previous TV credits include The Young and the Restless (where in 2015-16 he played Dr. Simon Neville) plus episodes of NCIS, Drop Dead Diva and Hot in Cleveland (as himself).

Vincent Irizarry Opens up About Joining THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL

(8/21/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) As the fallout surrounding the baby-switch storyline continues, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has tapped veteran daytime actor Vincent Irizarry to lend a bit more intrigue in the recurring role of Dr. Jordan Armstrong. He will first air on Monday, August 26, and for the sake of the Forrester and Logan families, let’s hope his character is more ethical than Reese, the physician who originally set this storyline in motion! Then again, considering the last doctor Irizarry played (ALL MY CHILDREN’s David Hayward) was pretty treacherous, it’s anyone’s guess what we should expect from his new role! “I’m open to whatever they throw my way. We’ll leave it at that,” teased Irizarry, who also played SANTA BARBARA doctor Scott Clark.

Though the Emmy winner is a well-established face in daytime, he starts every new character he plays with a blank slate. “Even though I’ve played a doctor before, it’s not like Jordan is going to be exactly like David, because the backstory always informs who the character is,” he said. “I never worry about having to bring something different [to my portrayal] — it all stems from who the guy is and where he comes from.”

Meanwhile, Irizarry is thrilled to be back working with former AMC colleague Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and regularly bumping into old castmates from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, as the soaps tape across the hall from each other. “It’s like one huge repertory company with all of these shows at this point,” he mused. “I’ve been in this medium for nearly 40 years, so I’ve worked with so many people, not only the actors on the show but also people on the crew and production throughout all these years. It’s great!”

Stay tuned to see how Jordan impacts the canvas.

Randall Emmett’s ex slams Lala Kent for sharing pics of her kids on Instagram

(8/21/19) There’s drama brewing between Lala Kent and her fiancé’s ex-wife, actress Ambyr Childers.

Childers, who shares two daughters with Kent’s soon-to-be husband, Randall Emmett, called out the 29-year-old “Vanderpump Rules” star for posting a batch of videos and photos of their girls on her Instagram story on Monday.

“Since you don’t want to answer my text messages, I’ll try here,” Childers wrote on her own Instagram story, strangely alongside a photo of her daughter. “LaLa, I appreciate your love towards my children but until you’re officially their stepmother please refrain from posting my children on social media! I hope [you] understand where I’m coming from. Many thanks.”

Kent who posted pics and videos of numerous activities with their daughters — London, 9, and Rylee, 5 — including hanging by the pool, working out and drawing, seemed undeterred by the warning as she was joined by the two girls in a selfie video on Tuesday.

The latest video was followed by another clip of Emmett talking to the camera — perhaps Kent has his approval to post.

The couple got engaged last year and have set a date to say “I do” in 2020.

Childers most recently starred in Netflix’s “You” and also has a jewelry company.

Réal Andrews Books an 'Amazing' New Role!

(8/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Réal Andrews (ex-Taggert) on booking his first role in his "Hollywood comeback!" "Audition number one booked!" he announced on Instagram. "Boom! The comeback is happening. We are one for one, booked our first audition, a really cool feature." Unfortunately, details of exactly what his role is are not yet available. "We're not allowed to share the title," the actor admitted, "with the power of social media these days. But I can tell you this, it's a really, really amazing part."

Andrews also began getting back in shape a couple months ago, dropping the pounds and putting back on the muscle, so it's a full-on transformation for the daytime vet, who has also appeared on AS THE WORLD TURNS as Walker Daniels, ALL MY CHILDREN as Agent Trumbull, and DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Hal Michaels. Of course, GH fans remember him fondly as Detective Marcus Taggart, the role he played from 1998-2003. "So grateful to my amazing agent, Paula Benard at Embrace Real Artists, and my buddy, Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), for his support and coaching," the actor added. "A special shout out to all of you for support and prayers. Next, on to the next audition."

And sure enough, the following day, the dedicated performer shared a photo of his new script pages from VisionFire Films perched on his workout equipment so he could study his lines while at the gym! "Working on my next two auditions," he revealed.

Naturally, we'll keep you updated as Andrews releases any further details about his upcoming projects, so you can be sure to watch him back in action! And for more on your favorite GH stars — past and present — keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.

Dishing with Digest - 8/16/19 - Eva La Rue

(8/16/19) Eva La Rue On Y&R Present And AMC Past (Listen / download).

Eva La Rue talks about her latest role as Y&R's Celeste, shares her memories of All My Children, jokes about the book she'll write with Kelly Ripa and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest dual roles on daytime and how actors feel about playing them.

‘Coming 2 America’ Sequel: Shari Headley Officially Returning

(8/13/19) Shari Headley rounds out core cast of the original Coming to America film set to return for Paramount’s sequel. She’ll reprise her role as Lisa McDowell, the love interest and eventual wife to Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem. Returning from the original in addition to Murphy and Headley are Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Paul Bates, and John Amos.

Wesley Snipes, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Rick Ross, and KiKi Layne also co-star in the Craig Brewer-directed pic.

Slated to hit theaters December 18 of next year, the plot follows former Prince Akeem who is set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America – a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. Honoring his father’s dying wish to groom this son as the crowned prince, Akeem and Semmi set off to America. Murphy is producing with Kevin Misher and Kenya Barris.

Headley credits include OWN’s The Haves and the Have Nots, Fox’s Star, and Sony’s Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. She next appears in Showtime’s new dark comedy series, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, with Kirsten Dunst.

Michael B. Jordan stops for late-night tacos in Miami

(8/13/19) Michael B. Jordan had a bad queso the munchies.

The “Creed” star was seen grabbing late-night tacos at Keith Menin’s joint Bodega Taqueria y Tequila on Saturday, an insider told Page Six.

We hear 32-year-old Jordan, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, rolled up to the casual taco shack at around 1 a.m. in a black SUV accompanied by his bodyguard and four friends.

“He was hanging out like a regular dude with his friends,” and “chowed down on a plethora of tacos, burritos, guacamole, and, of course, frozen margaritas,” said the insider.

Meanwhile, a spy told us “a lot of girls noticed him,” and as they walked by, the actor “flashed each one his famous smile.”

“He was being friendly, smiling back saying hi,” said the spy. “Very low key. Very nice all around.”

Jordan made his exit at around 2:30 a.m.

That '70s Show Reunion! Debra Jo Rupp to Join Kurtwood Smith in ABC Pilot

(8/11/19) We’re all alright after hearing this casting news: Debra Jo Rupp is reuniting with her That ’70s Show husband Kurtwood Smith for an ABC comedy pilot.

The untitled pilot stars stand-up comic Nate Bargatze and follows him and his wife Laura (played by The League‘s Katie Aselton) as they move with their six-year-old daughter from California to Nate’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. “They find the pursuit of a simple life to be much more complicated than they imagined,” according to the official description. Rupp and Smith will play Nate’s parents, who still live in Nashville.

Rupp and Smith, of course, already spent eight seasons as TV husband and wife on Fox’s That ’70s Show, playing Eric’s parents Kitty and Red Foreman. The hit sitcom went off the air in 2006.

Since then, Rupp has appeared on This Is Us, The Ranch (reuniting with Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson), NCIS: Los Angeles, Elementary and Hart of Dixie.

Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin & Christian Slater To Star In ‘Dr. Death’, UCP Limited Series Based On Podcast

(8/9/19) “First do no harm.” Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater are set to star in Dr. Death, a limited drama series from UCP based on the Wondery podcast about a sinister doctor who treats his Hippocratic Oath about the same way he treats his patients.

With the high-caliber talent on board, UCP is shopping the project to networks and streaming platforms. The studio took the same approach with two other series based on podcasts, Homecoming, which was sold to Amazon with Julia Roberts attached, and Dirty John, which landed at Bravo with Connie Britton in negotiations to star. Both those projects scored two-season pickups.

Dr. Death explores the twisted mind of a sociopath and the gross negligence of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us. It tells the disturbing true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Dornan), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, he was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow surgeons (Baldwin and Slater) and a young Assistant District Attorney set out to stop him.

Baldwin plays Robert Henderson, a quiet, deliberative and methodical neurosurgeon who believes wholeheartedly both in the system in which he rose through the ranks and that anything worth doing shouldn’t be rushed. It should be gotten right. Slater is vascular surgeon Randall Kirby, who, on the other hand, is brash, impulsive and more than willing to burn that system to the ground in the name of justice. There’s a time and a place for deliberation and there’s a time and a place to just get things done.

Together, they form something of a Woodward-and-Bernstein duo who constantly will be at odds in terms of their personalities and their methods but on the exact same page as it relates to their endgame.

Dr. Death is executive produced by Patrick Macmanus (Happy!) under his overall deal with UCP, the studio behind The Act, Homecoming and Dirty John, which is shopping the project. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch executive produce via Escape Artists, as well as Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy of Wondery, whose Dr. Death podcast has been heard by more than 50 million people.

UCP acquired the rights to Dr. Death before the podcast had premiered.

Dornan is repped by UTA, Troika and Sloane Offer; Baldwin with CAA and Cavalry Media; and Slater is repped by UTA. Wondery and Escape Artists are with UTA.

Netflix Orders ‘Tiny Pretty Things’ Ballet Drama Series Based On Book; Sets Main Cast

(8/6/19) Netflix has given a 10-episode order to Tiny Pretty Things, an hourlong drama series based on the book by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, from writer Michael MacLennan (Bomb Girls,The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco), Insurrection Media, Mojo Films and Peacock Alley. The Internet TV network also has announced the series regular cast with shooting currently underway in Toronto for a 2020 premiere.

Cast includes Lauren Holly (Designated Survivor, Dumb and Dumber), Kylie Jefferson (Davido’s Fall, SchoolboyQ’s Chopstix), Casimere Jollette (Code Black, Dirty John), Daniela Norman (Cats), Brennan Clost (The Next Step, Creeped Out), Michael Hsu Rosen (Jessica Jones, Broadway’s Torch Song), Damon J. Gillespie (Rise, The Society), Bayardo De Murguia (Shooter, Hombre), Barton Cowperthwaite (Center Stage: On Pointe, Fosse/Verdon), Tory Trowbridge (Broadway’s The Cher Show, American in Paris) and Jess Salgueiro (The Boys, Letterkenny).

Written by MacLennan based on the book, Tiny Pretty Things is set in the world of an elite ballet academy and charts the rise and fall of young adults who live far from their homes, each standing on the verge of greatness or ruin. As Chicago’s only elite dance school, the Archer School of Ballet serves as the company school for the city’s renowned professional company: City Works Ballet. The Archer School is an oasis for an array of dancers: rich and poor, from north and south, and a range of backgrounds. Yet they all share a rare talent and passion for dance, a loyal sense of community… and when it comes to their dreams, no Plan B.

MacLennan also serves as showrunner and executive produces with Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, Jordanna Fraiberg, and Deborah Henderson of Insurrection Media, Gary Fleder, who directs the first episode, and Gabrielle Neimand of Mojo Films, and Carrie Mudd of Peacock Alley.

Insurrection had optioned the book through its strategic relationship with the publisher HarperCollins and spent a year developing the project before taking it to Netflix. Insurrection put together the creative team, including showrunner MacLennan and Fleder.

Holly portrays Monique, a former dancer turned The Archer School director. Driven by ambition and a true belief in ASB’s value, Monique holds unique power over the school, using her dark capacities not only to defend her institution, but also to bring about the best in her students regardless of her means.

Jefferson plays Neveah, the rebel with raw talent and fierce determination who looks to rise above her roots and find a future in the world of ballet laurent without losing her unique and fiery approach to dance. Neveah is staring down the greatest opportunity of her life – a chance to be a student of the Archer School of Ballet as a last-minute replacement.

Jollette is Bette, a ruthlessly perfect, supremely confident, ambitious “music box ballerina.” She’s rich but not entitled, works harder than anyone else –due in part to spending her life playing second fiddle to her older sister Delia.

Norman plays June, a sweet and petite dancer raised by a strict businesswoman mother. The Archer School of Ballet is the only place she feels like she belongs. After what feels like a lifetime playing back-up, she is ready to earn her time in the spotlight, proving to her mother that ballet is where she belongs.

Clost portrays Shane, stacked and fiery, from a small town, he grew up tormented for loving dance, and has become a hot-headed scrapper – and his family’s greatest hope.

Rosen is Nabil, a man with the swagger of Baryshnikov and the cold eyes of a potential killer. This new recruit is worldly, strange, and has a wicked technique. Born in Malaysia before moving to Paris, Nabil comes with intimidating levels of power and potential.

Gillespie plays Caleb, a lean and handsome dancer who uses his ready humor and undeniable talent, in order to mask his struggles with a profound loss — and a secret that could unravel the institution.

De Murguia portrays Ramon, a lean god with a deep baritone, Ramon is a former bad-boy dancer turned visionary choreographer. He’s not big on criticism, especially from students, which produces friction within the Archer School of Ballet and with his girlfriend and muse of the moment, Delia.

Cowperthwaite plays Oren, a strapping prince of a man, wealth and good looks gave him great roles, Bette as a girlfriend, and primed him for success, but beneath this veneer lies crippling anxiety, a dysfunctional obsession with his body, and a need for physical perfection.

Trowbridge is Delia, Bette’s older sister, and dancer of supreme caliber and beauty, Delia is the Whitlaw Family’s first prodigy, returning to Chicago after two years dancing abroad. With her newfound success, Delia relishes her new role as a diva, triumphantly returning to the school that scorned her when she was a student.

Salgueiro plays Isabel, a cop with a dancer’s ram-rod discipline from two tours of duty in Afghanistan before she traded in one uniform for another. With her ambition and keen moral compass, she’s uniquely qualified to search for the truth of what happened during a mysterious accident at the Academy.

De Murguia is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and GVA Talent. Gillespie is repped by Gray Talent Group. Salgueiro is repped by Echo Lake Entertainment and GGA. Cowperthwaite is repped by Lakey Wolff & Company and Peikoff Mahan. Trowbridge is repped by Bernard F. Bunye of Forte Artist Management and Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates. Holly is repped by Gilbertson Entertainment, The Characters Talent Agency and Mavrick Artists Agency. Jollette is repped by Luber Roklin and Management by Morgan. Rosen is with CESD and TMT Entertainment Group. Jefferson is repped by Julie Medeiros at GTA. MacLennan is repped by Kaplan/Perrone.

Rebecca Budig Reflects on Leo and Greenlee's Tragic End on ALL MY CHILDREN

(8/5/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It’s hard to think about ALL MY CHILDREN’s young Greenlee without also remembering the yin to her yang, Leo. “I really loved the sense of humor and passion in their relationship,” Rebecca Budig (Greenlee; now Hayden, GENERAL HOSPITAL) recalled to Soaps In Depth. “It was natural between them.” Having developed a friendly rapport while Greenlee was entangled with Jake and Leo remained in a marriage of mercy with a dying Laura, the lovelorn duo breathed a sigh of relief when they were finally free to be together.

Alas, more obstacles — amongst them, Leo’s maniacal mom, Vanessa — got in the way. In fact, it was in trying to save a kidnapped Greenlee from her that Leo died tragically. Rather than giving Vanessa the diamonds demanded in exchange for his lady love's release, Leo dropped them one by one over Miller's Falls. The day those scenes were taped remains burned in Budig’s memory. “Josh [Duhamel, Leo] came to my room to run lines, and he was like, ‘I can’t do this.’ We couldn’t even look at each other,” she confided. “I’d woken up that morning crying because it was so painful to think of saying goodbye to him, and I couldn’t stop. It was crazy!"

Summoning their courage, the actors took their places on the realistic outdoor set that had been built. Just as Leo’s instinct had been to protect Greenlee by struggling for Vanessa’s gun — inadvertently plunging over the falls with her as a result — Greenlee’s instinct was to protect her guy. The difference was, Leo’s brother, Trey, pulled her to safety. “I was really hanging from that thing, which was great because it helped,” Budig reflected. “It was high up enough that it felt like I was really watching someone go over a cliff. It was horrifying!” As it turned out, Greenlee wasn’t the only one left bereft in the aftermath. “Oh God, I was exhausted!” Budig shares. “When you cry, it doesn’t matter if you’re acting or not. You’re still crying, and your body is telling you that you’re sad. I was depressed for a week!”

Unlike her character, Budig got to keep Duhamel in her life beyond that fateful event, and, though he’s gone on to star in such movies as Transformers and Love, Simon, they remain connected to this day. “We text occasionally, and we met once with our kids,” she revealed. “He’s still lovely as can be. He’s still the same Josh!” The actress went on to be paired with one leading man after another during her 11 years of playing Greenlee. But there’s just something about that romance with Leo that stands out, she maintains. “With him, it was hot, fiery and passionate.”

‘Grand Hotel’: ABC Will Make Renewal Decision After Summer Run Although Karey Burke “Wished” Ratings Were Stronger – TCA

(8/5/19) Grand Hotel fans will have to wait until the soapy drama’s summer run is over before discovering whether there will be a second season.

ABC’s President of Entertainment Karey Burke revealed that the network hadn’t made a renewal decision on the Eva Longoria-exec produced show.

Burke did, however, point to the show’s soft ratings, which may not be a great sign for its future.

“We’re going to wait until the end of its run. It’s a show we like a lot. It’s a show that I wish the ratings were a bit stronger but we’ll make that decision after its run,” she said.

Written by Brian Tanen based on a Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior.

The Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez-fronted series is a contemporary adaptation of a “period piece” format from Spain with an Upstairs/Downstairs tone. Katey Sagal is among the celebrity guests who show up to visit the family-owned hotel.

Morning Show Appearance

(8/5/19) Today – NBC

Thursday, August 8

(9-10 a.m.) Heart Smarts with Susan Lucci.

Talk Show Appearance

(8/2/19) LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS - NBC

Wednesday, August 7: Guests Amanda Seyfried

Melissa Leo, Michael K. Williams, Frank Grillo, Alice Englert And Jack Kilmer Set For Crime Thriller ‘Body Brokers’

(7/31/19) John Swab’s forthcoming crime thriller Body Brokers has set an impressive roster for its cast including Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo (ex-Linda, All My Children), Emmy nominated actor Michael K. Williams (When They See Us, The Wire), Frank Grillo (ex-Hart, The Guiding Light) Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures, Them That Follow) and Jack Kilmer (The Nice Guys, The Stanford Prison Experiment).

Written and directed by Swab, Body Brokers is the true and untold story of the multibillion-dollar drug and alcohol treatment scheme where former drug addicts and dealers become millionaires as fly-by-night “body brokers”, recruiting other addicts to seek treatment and selling these patients off to facilities paying the highest price. Utah (Kilmer) and his girlfriend Opal (Englert) are drug addicts living on the streets in rural Ohio. After getting recruited by a body broker, Wood (Williams), and offered treatment in Los Angeles, Wood takes Utah under his wing and introduces him to treatment center mogul Vin (Grillo). Wood and Vin bring Utah in on their lucrative and illegal dealings, where saving lives comes second to the bottom line. Leo plays the treatment center’s resident shrink, Dr. White.

The film is being produced by Jeremy M. Rosen (Dog Eat Dog, Charlie Says), Robert Ogden Barnum (Margin Call, All Is Lost) as well as Swab for Roxwell Films.

Swab’s credits include Let Me Make You a Martyr starring Marilyn Manson which was released by FilmRise in 2017. His latest feature, Run with the Hunted starring Michael Pitt, Ron Perlman and Dree Hemingway is set for a fall festival run with domestic sales being handled by CAA Media Finance.

Leo is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment; Grillo is repped by CAA and Paul Hastings; Williams is repped by WME and Silver Lining Entertainment; Englert is repped by CAA and Kilmer is repped by CAA and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.

Body Brokers is set to commence principal photography in August 2019. CAA Media Finance will handle domestic sales on the film.

Catching up With ALL MY CHILDREN's Cady McClain

(7/28/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The glow on Cady McClain’s face says it all. The actress who spent the better part of three decades playing ALL MY CHILDREN’s beleaguered Dixie Martin has been totally fulfilled while pursuing a long-held dream: telling her own stories! “In my very early days with Michael E. Knight (Tad) on the show, most of the writing was really wonderful,” she shared with Soaps In Depth, “but Mike had a very particular sense of humor and sensibility, so he and I would often attack the scripts and rewrite them.”

Being able to successfully do that while also being mindful of the tale being told helped McClain determine that, in the future, she wanted to work behind the camera! “I’ve never been really that satisfied with only being an actor,” she admitted. “I learned things like ‘all glory to the story.’”

Now a director, she’s been touring film festivals while sharing the fruits of her labor. That’s how she connected with Artists For Change founder Julia Verdin and agreed to help turn her short film into a full-length feature. McClain says that Lost Girls: Angie’s Story, the movie she recently produced, is “about a teenager who is kidnapped into the sex-trafficking trade and how she meets other girls and fights her way out.” The goal is to use the gripping picture to help communities raise awareness.

Also coming soon is Paint Made Flesh, a film that McClain directed about a female artist who revisits an old relationship in order to rekindle her passion. “In the process, some very intense truths are revealed that they’ll have to wrangle with,” McClain offered. The twist to the production is that it’s based on a stage show. Explaining her interest, McClain said, “I’m really entranced by the idea of filming theater because it’s not that different from daytime, which we call doing ‘a play a day.’”

Next up is a noir mystery/thriller that the visionary is writing and planning to direct. Additionally, she said, “I’m working with my husband, Jon [Lindstrom, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kevin/ Ryan], and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC) on a project as a producer.” But is she still interested in acting? “There are a couple things burbling on the horizon,” she teased, “that I might say yes to.”

In the meantime, the Emmy winner has been encouraging the next generation of filmmakers via speaking engagements. “One young woman came up to me and said, ‘I’ve been directing with my friends, but now I’m seeing that I could actually do this for a career!’” she confided. “I said, ‘Yes, you totally could.’”

Laura Wright Says She Always Knew Kelly Ripa Would Be a Star

(7/28/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since taking over as co-host of what’s now LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN in 2001, Kelly Ripa (Hayley, ALL MY CHILDREN) has gone from daytime starlet to morning talk show icon — and the transition was no surprise to GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Laura Wright (Carly). “Kelly’s a friend of mine from when I was [Ally] on LOVING and she was on AMC” in New York during the 1990s. “We were inseparable for the longest time.”

When Kathie Lee Gifford announced that she was leaving what was then LIVE! WITH REGIS & KATHIE LEE, Wright thought her pal would be perfect as Regis Philbin’s new co-host. “I just knew this was Kelly’s job. I had no idea she was even in the running. I was talking with a friend and said Kelly should have the part. There was no one else that quick and funny on the spot.” So when Ripa called to share the big news, Wright could have easily told mutual friends that she’d predicted the casting news. “It’s just so her!”

Sarah Michelle Gellar has been organizing meal deliveries for Selma Blair

(7/24/19) No “Cruel Intentions” here — Sarah Michelle Gellar is just helping Selma Blair in her time of need.

In her cover story with People, Blair, 47, spoke candidly about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis and the support system she relies on since learning about her condition in August 2018.

One of her biggest champions is close friend and former co-star Gellar, who has organized a weekly “food train” for Blair and her eight-year-old son Arthur.

“I get weekend meal packs like I’ve never feasted on before from Reese Witherspoon, from Constance Zimmer and so many people I don’t even know through Sarah,” Blair said. “Her friends are just doing this to feed me and Arthur.”

Although her diet has changed to accommodate more lipids since her diagnosis and she admits she “feel[s] like throwing up all the time,” she appreciates the outpouring of support from others.

“They’ve stood up in ways I never would have been comfortable with before,” Blair said.

This isn’t the first instance of celebrity support Blair that has received since her diagnosis. The “Legally Blonde” actress has posted on Instagram how she has bonded with Michael J. Fox and Jack Osbourne over living publicly with nervous system conditions.

Gellar, 42, has been an advocate for Blair since her diagnosis. In addition to organizing her meal deliveries and joining her on a Disney outing with their children in March, she took to Instagram to express the pride she has for her co-star-turned-bestie.

“When I have a cold, I want to hide from the world under my covers,” Gellar wrote. “But not Selma. She is facing this diagnosis, the way she faces everything, with dignity, grace and head on.”

“I know the support and encouragement that she has received on this platform has truly been a source of strength for her,” she ended. “This is not an easy journey, but Selma will not let this define her.”

Dishing with Digest - 7/19/19 - Rebecca Budig

(7/19/19) GH's Rebecca Budig (Hayden) Traces Her Career Path (Listen / download).

Rebecca Budig talks about coming back to GH as Hayden, her previous soap roles on GUIDING LIGHT and ALL MY CHILDREN, answers burning Qs from soap pals and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about how favorite characters coming back to a show affects the canvas as a whole.

Mario Van Peebles Signs With Buchwald

(7/18/19) Actor, writer and director Mario Van Peebles, known for New Jack City and Heartbreak Ridge, has signed with Buchwald.

Van Peebles’s directorial credits include the Roots miniseries and episodes of Empire, Lost, and Sons of Anarchy. His acting resume lists feature films Ali, Panther, and Baadasssss!.

His television credits also include creating and starring in SYFY’s Superstition, along with major recurring arcs on Bloodline for Netflix and Damages on FX.

Up next, Van Peebles has teamed with Kip Konwiser and Christopher Miller to direct and star in Outlaw Posse, a follow-up to Posse, the 1993 film which he directed. Described as a cowboy drama set against the rolling hills and lawless towns of the American Wild West in the late 1800s, Van Peebles will play Chief, leader of a posse of black cowboys in search of truth and justice.

He will also continue to produce his own independent content under his MVP Films shingle. He continues to be managed by Matt Luber and Michael Adler at Luber Roklin.

Irizarry Joins B&B

(7/17/19) Daytime Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry is joining the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Dr. Jordan Armstrong, TVInsider.com reports.

Irizarry makes his debut on the CBS soap on Monday, Aug. 26, and will play a pivotal role in the baby Beth/baby Phoebe storyline.

Irizarry’s many daytime credits include Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live, All My Children (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 2009), Santa Barbara and Guiding Light.

Amanda Seyfried calls out Arielle Charnas for promoting ‘unrealistic’ body expectations

(7/12/19) Amanda Seyfried took to Instagram on Wednesday to blast social media influencer Arielle Charnas, alleging that in “flaunting her lifestyle,” she endorsed unrealistic and harmful body expectations.

The spat began when Arielle, 32, posted a bikini photo of herself captioned, “Proud of my body after two kids.”

While she received some positive feedback from her followers, others felt she was promoting an unhealthy and unattainable body image goal to her 1.2 million Instagram followers.

An unnamed friend of Seyfried’s commented on the image, “Totally fine that you’re privileged and thin, good for you (I am too-ish!) BUT if you don’t acknowledge how your wealth made your workouts/body possible, you’re just perpetuating the patriarchal (totally unrealistic) notion that mothers should ‘bounce back’ after childbirth, an impossibility for anyone who can’t afford ample childcare (which is almost everyone in this country).”

Seyfried, 33, posted a screenshot of her friend’s comment and added her own commentary, writing, “If we’re ready to get paid for flaunting our lifestyle (and inspiring some in the meantime) we have to be open to the discussions surrounding what we’re promoting.”

“We have to back ourselves up- not run away from the issues it presents. There are gray areas everywhere,” the actress continued. “Each of us has a chance to back ourselves- especially on this platform. If you know who you are- take a second to decide if what you’re throwing out there is worth it- in the big picture.”

In a second Instagram post, Seyfried, a mom herself to 2-year-old Nina, posted a selfie captioned, “INFLUENCE = POWER. And if you’re taking advantage of that- EMPOWER.”

Earlier on Thursday, Charnas’ fiancé, Brandon, defended her on Instagram. He satirically wrote that Charnas’ body is “not attainable” regardless of one’s workout regiment, and that if one does attempt to do so, “you must have at least three nannys [sic] and be sure to not only pay them but also thank them in a minimum of 4 shoutouts a week on Instagram.”

“If you can’t afford a nanny, please do not attempt to have a very successful career in order to do so,” he continued. “Only ages 30 and older are allowed to view this post, youth must be accompanied by a therapist.”

Charnas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Susan Lucci & John Fugelsang Chat About "Celebrity Autobiography"

(7/11/19) (Video) The award-winning hit comedy show in which celebrities act out other celebrities' jaw-dropping memoirs verbatim. "Celebrity Autobiography" is the international smash-hit comedy (London's West End to the Sydney Opera House). Susan Lucci and John Fuglesang stopped by BUILD to talk about the show.

Melissa Claire Egan Previews Her New Movie 'Holiday for Heroes'

(7/11/19) It may be almost Valentine’s Day but it’s still winter, so what better time to think about Christmas movies? Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is starring in the upcoming Hallmark Christmas movie, Holiday for Heroes. “So excited I can announce this now!” she tweeted when the news broke. “It’s Christmas in February! So excited to be shooting Holiday for Heroes. And this guy’s pretty rad, too.”

The guy she’s referring to is her co-star in the seasonal romance, actor Marc Blucas, as she shared an on-set photo of them looking all ready to open some Christmas presents. "Audrey is a hard worker," Egan previews of her character. "She owns her own sweet little coffee shop with her best friend, Jade, and she starts writing love letters to First Sergeant Matt Evans." After she sends him some of her coffee, he writes a thank you note that starts off an exchange that eventually leads to a face-to-face meeting. "Audrey and Matt's relationship is really special because they got to know each other through letters and they got to know each other as people, as human beings, before they ever met face to face," the actress explains. "So it's a very rare, unique, beautiful, romantic story." You can watch a special behind the scenes look at Holiday for Heroes at Hallmark's official website.

Daytime fans first fell in love with Egan when she played Annie Lavery on ABC sudser ALL MY CHILDREN from 2006-11. She then joined the cast of Y&R as Chelsea Lawson, where she remained until 2018. Fans were thrilled when she returned to Genoa City in July of 2019, and they can now look forward to seeing even more of her in this romantic new movie. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be premiering on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel until probably November at the earliest!

Don’t worry — we’ll keep updating you as more information is released, including an air date.

Mario Van Peebles Saddling Up For ‘Outlaw Posse’

(7/3/19) Last seen on horseback in a period film in the 1993 film Posse, Mario Van Peebles is set to direct and star in Outlaw Posse. He wrote the script. Peebles has teamed with Emmy-winning filmmaker Kip Konwiser and Christopher Miller’s The Money Pool on the cowboy drama. The film is in preproduction and Van Peebles has begun casting leads for early next year, with Konwiser and Miller producing.

Outlaw Posse is set against the rolling hills and the lawless towns of the American wild west in the late 1800s. Van Peebles plays Chief, leader of a posse of black cowboys in search of truth & justice.

Van Peebles aims to uphold the spirit of the earlier film, in which his character led a group of black infantrymen after the Spanish-American War to find the men who lynched his father.

“Folks have been after me to do another Baadasssss multi-cultural Western for years and the time is now,” says Van Peebles, son of Melvin Van Peebles, writer/director/star of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. “This time we have badass and tough women riding tall in the posse alongside homages to notable real-life personages of the wild west. This is a posse of outlaws because “when the laws were unjust, sometimes the just were the outlaws. We are living in our version of the wild west, and these films represent the heroes who fight for our daily survival as individuals.”

Said Money Pool co-founders Konwiser & Miller: “At a time when African American cinema can expand its perspective, the barn doors are off the hinges for the most compelling filmmakers. Van Peebles is back in the saddle with another classic, and Outlaw Posse is exactly the project for which the Money Pool was created!”

The Money Pool was founded two years ago to produce content and provide equity, bridge, gap, mezzanine and tax credit lending to structured feature films, television, and new media. It has completed four films so far.

Van Peebles is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment.

‘Sweet Magnolias’: Chris Klein, Jamie Lynn Spears & Justin Bruening Join Netflix Series

(7/2/19) Chris Klein (The Flash), Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101, All That) and Justin Bruening (Good Behavior) are set as series regulars opposite Monica Potter, Brooke Elliott and Heather Headley in Netflix’s upcoming series Sweet Magnolias.

Based on Sherryl Woods’ popular series of novels published by Harlequin imprint MIRA books, Sweet Magnolias is set in the charming small town of Serenity, South Carolina. It centers on three women (Potter, Elliott and Headley), best friends since childhood.

Klein will play Bill Townsend, Serenity’s leading pediatrician who struggles to navigate life in a small town after an unexpected fall from grace.

Spears will portray Noreen Fitzgibbons, a young woman who came to Serenity to work as a nurse. After a sequence of bad choices, she is determined to build a new life in her new city.

Bruening will play Cal Maddox, a former professional baseball player who arrived in Serenity looking for a fresh start.

Woods will executive produce with Sheryl J. Anderson, who also serves as showrunner. Dan Paulson, whose Daniel L. Paulson Productions is producing, also serves as executive producer. Norman Buckley serves as co-executive producer and will direct six episodes.

Klein, who most recently recurred as super villain Cicada on CW’s The Flash, is repped by ICM Partners and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern.

Known for her starring role in Zoey 101 and All That, Spears is repped by CAA and TriStar Sports and Entertainment.

Bruening’s credits include recurring roles on Good Behavior and Grey’s Anatomy. He’s repped by APA and Power Entertainment Group.

Jordi Vilasuso Reveals Why He Doesn't Like Reality TV

(6/30/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) While unscripted television programs like THE BACHELOR still attract huge ratings, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jordi Vilasuso (Rey) admitted that he hasn’t really watched much of it. “I like documentaries, but I don’t watch any reality TV. I think I’ve had an animosity towards that type of programming because they’ve taken so many jobs away from actors,” he shared candidly to Soaps In Depth. “And I grew up loving storytelling, so I haven’t been able to get behind unscripted shows.” That is not to say Vilasuso doesn’t enjoy competition-based shows such as THE VOICE or MASTER CHEF. “I thought Gordon Ramsay’s show was great, because there was a lot of creativity involved,” he grinned. “And we cook in my house, so that one was cool!”

Y&R Star Weds

(6/30/19) Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R) and longtime love Rob Meder are married! The duo eloped to St. Bart’s and wed in front of close friends including celeb designer Jeremiah Brent.

Susan Lucci Talks 50th Wedding Anniversary With Her Husband Helmut Huber

(6/28/19) (closerweekly.com) On September 13, 1969, Susan Lucci married Helmut Huber. Now, 50 years later, the iconic soap star and the Austrian-born chef are set to celebrate and look back on just how far they’ve come.

“It will be, if we play our cards right,” Susan, 72, told Closer Weekly exclusively at Broadway Sings’ yearly benefit for Pride on Monday, June 24, when asked about their big relationship milestone.

As for their big plans, Helmut, 81, hinted that they’re still figuring out how to commemorate the occasion. Susan was a little more specific and revealed that they’ll “probably be in Austria.”

“We’ve been there many times because he’s from there but there are places I haven’t been,” the All My Children star noted. “It should be a great trip.”

Just because these two have been together for quite some time doesn’t mean their admiration for each other has waned. In fact, Susan knows exactly why Helmut is her forever love.

“He always made me laugh and he still does,” she gushed. “Helmut doesn’t look like somebody who would make you laugh. He looks very imposing, but then he’s very funny. The combination is great.”

Susan and Helmut have welcomed two children into the world, daughter Liza Huber and son Andreas Huber. From those two kids, they have amassed five grandchildren to spoil and shower with affection.

“Everybody’s great,” the Devious Maids star said. When asked how she would describe her nature as a grandmother, Susan painted an oh-so-cute picture: “a kissing, hugging, feeding, tickling kind.”

It’s great to see Susan in such good spirits as just earlier this year she revealed that she was “lucky to be alive” after undergoing an emergency heart procedure. On top of that, Susan never told her mom about her health scare. Don’t worry, though, because Susan exclusively told Closer Weekly last year that she has no plans to retire because that word isn’t even in her vocabulary.

Soaps InDepth Podcast - 6/24/19 - The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling

(6/24/19) The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling (Listen / download).

This week, Charlie and Richard discuss the hot-button topics which soaps of the past turned into major storylines… and why today’s daytime dramas seem afraid to tackle them. From Erica Kane’s abortion on All My Children to Christine’s sexual assault on The Young & The Restless, social issues have given soaps some of their most powerful moments. We look at how today’s most buzzed about topics could be woven into your favorite shows.

2019 BET Award Winners

(6/24/19) Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan

Talk Show Appearance

(6/21/19) The Talk – CBS

Monday, June 24

Cast members from CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS including Melissa Claire Egan, Mark Grossman and Michelle Stafford (n)

James Patrick Stuart Opens up About Making His First Album

(6/20/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As the son of a British folk-rocker, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s James Patrick Stuart has always loved making music. Now, Valentin’s portrayer is releasing his debut album to honor his father, Chad Stuart — known for being half of the hitmaking ’60s duo Chad & Jeremy. When not scheming as Valentin, Stuart has been busy writing, recording and producing The Apple Tree. “It’s taken over everything,” the actor admitted to Soaps In Depth. “It’s like an animal that got poked and woken up. The fun part was writing and playing the songs. Then the rest is all post-production. You’ve got to sweeten this, take the noise out of that, and, ‘How about if we put a sitar in there?’ I’ve been caught in the moment, deep in mixing and very outside of my comfort zone. There’s been a lot of sleepless nights!”

Stuart’s definitely not complaining, however, because this has been a labor of love. “This is a tribute, gift and salute to my father,” he explained. “He always wanted me to release an album… and I always thought I’d get around to it.” Once GH teamed Stuart up with cellist/violinist Christine Wu for the Nurses Ball, it all started to come together. They collaborated on a version of Nat King Cole’s “That’s All,” and, said Stuart, “Once my father got wind of that, I realized, ‘Oh no, here we go!’ I knew in that moment that time was not unlimited and that one day, it’ll be too late. So if not now, when? As soon as I realized that, all the musicians I knew in the world said, ‘It’s about freaking time. How can we help?’”

Stuart admitted making The Apple Tree "all started with me wanting to record a couple of my father's songs." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of James Patrick Stuart)

So late last year, Stuart dug into Chad & Jeremy’s music. “My father had a few hits in the ’60s, but he also had some songs I’ve always loved that didn’t make it to the top of the charts,” he said. “So I recorded my interpretations of them, and all of a sudden, we had three Chad & Jeremy songs, ‘That’s All’ and two of my own originals… and then we had eight songs! Well, here’s the record.” And Stuart does it all on his new album. “I sing, I do the bass and drums, I produce, I’ve written, and I play some of the piano and some of the guitar."

Stuart also called on some of his professional pals — including French horn and sitar players, Wu, and his father’s former partner, Jeremy Clyde. “I told him I was making an album called The Apple Tree, and he said he’d be happy to come climb a branch. It was amazing, because I have a voice very similar to my father. We did this great a cappella version of their final hit ‘You Are She,’ and we both got choked up. It was a nice moment.”

Stuart gets a thrill out of pressing play and hearing his own music, but seeing a new side of his father has been an unexpected highlight of this adventure. “It was like time-traveling and embracing him as a young man,” he marveled. “What I’ve loved was getting into his songs and breaking them apart. I would listen to guitar parts and learn them and realize how incredible he was. I took him for granted growing up. It didn’t matter that he was famous — he was just my dad. But I learned his brilliance.”

The song “Rest In Peace” left Stuart particularly awed. “My father was able to play it all in one take, just by pressing record and playing one guitar,” he explained. “I had to do it in three different tracks!”

Stuart has finally fed another of his passions, but that doesn’t detract one iota from his love of acting. “This is just another branch on the tree,” he maintained. “There are moments where certain branches get more sun and produce more fruit,” he suggested. “Now, the joy will be flying up to Sun Valley and putting this album in my father’s lap and telling him how much I love him.”

After that? “I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself,” admitted the Renaissance man. “I think I’ll have to reintroduce myself to my wife and my children!”

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos honored at TrevorLIVE gala

(6/19/19) Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos were honored at the TrevorLIVE gala, which raised money to help end suicide among LGBTQ youth.

“I’m a little bit uneasy accepting this award,” Ripa revealed onstage. “What did we do really? We are two cisgender heteros married for 23 years. What could we possibly know about alienation from community or fear of having our rights taken away?”

Consuelos pointed out, “Well, you are a woman,” and Ripa replied, “And you are a Mexican.” (The crowd laughed.)

The pair have been supporters of the Trevor Project for more than a decade.

AMC Alum Releases Book

(6/18/19) Colin Egglesfield (ex-Josh, ALL MY CHILDREN) just released a new book, Agile Artist: Life Lessons From Hollywood And Beyond. In the book, the actor writes about surviving cancer twice, his struggle to make a career in Hollywood, his Ground Zero experience on 9/11, and his time on ALL MY CHILDREN playing Susan Lucci’s (ex-Erica) on-screen son, Josh. The tome can be purchased on amazon.com or through his website.

Dishing with Digest - 6/14/19 - Stacy Haiduk

(6/16/19) Stacy Haiduk Talks About Double Trouble On DAYS (Listen / download).

Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) dishes about her current DAYS tale, her past on Y&R and ALL MY CHILDREN, how she kept busy during her time in between acting gigs, and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Caroline’s upcoming memorial on DAYS and recent recasts.

Susan Lucci, Rachel Dratch, & More Set For CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY in NY

(6/16/19) For 2 special performances in July, Celebrity Autobiography will celebrate its 10th anniversary as winner of the Drama Desk Award. The show are Sunday, July 14 at 7pm at the Patchogue Theatre in Long Island (71 East Main St.) and Monday, July 15 at 7pm in NYC at the show's original home, The Triad (158 West 72nd St). Both shows will feature stars of stage & screen Susan Lucci, Rachel Dratch (Netflix's Wine Country), Ralph Macchio (YouTube's Cobra Kai) and his daughter Julia Macchio (who stars in the national tour of the musical Flashdance), comedian John Fugelsang, and show creators, Emmy nominee Eugene Pack & Dayle Reyfel. 5-time Emmy-winner Alan Zweibel will appear in the July 15 NYC show. This past November & December, Celebrity Autobiography enjoyed a residency at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway.

Tickets for the 7/14 Patchogue show are $29-$59 and can be purchased online at www.CelebrityAutobiography.com.

Tickets for the 7/15 NYC show are $80, $60 & $40 (plus a two-drink minimum) and can be purchased online at www.CelebrityAutobiography.com.

How does Vanna flip her panels? What does Stallone store in his freezer? Why did Justin Bieber get stuck in the trunk of a car? What does Hasselhoff reveal about the beauties of Baywatch? Get ready to find out. Running for 10 sold out years in New York and touring the world and seen on Bravo TV, Celebrity Autobiography features top performers bringing to life the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. The passages run the gamut from the "poetry" of Suzanne Somers...to tips from the Kardashians...to the most famous Hollywood love triangle in history--Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds & Eddie Fisher--told from all sides! And what's remarkable and unforgettably hilarious - it's all "in their own words". From the words of CELINE, ZAYN, ELVIS, TIGER, ARNOLD, BRITNEY, MILEY, DOLLY, CHER, OPRAH, BIEBER, BEYONCE and BEYOND!

Created by Eugene Pack, and developed by Pack and Dayle Reyfel, audiences at Celebrity Autobiography are treated to an entertaining evening of non-stop laughter as an eclectic mix of talented, hilarious performers act out classic excerpts from a range of celebrity tell-alls by Bieber to Barbra to Beyoncé and Beyond! This unique, no holds-barred show is unlike anything else in New York and has played for sold-out crowds all around the world including London's West End, Edinburgh, Australia's Sydney Opera House and Broadway (Marquis Theater). Celebrity Autobiography is produced by Angelo Fraboni, Peter Martin, EP Productions and Dayle Reyfel.

Kathy Bates Joining Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’

(6/14/19) We hear that the Misery Oscar winner is joining Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell.

Bates will play the role of Bobi Jewell, Richard’s mother who was an insurance claims adjuster.

The news follows yesterday’s announcement that I, Tonya actor Paul Walter Hauser will play the title role as the security guard whose life was turned upside down after he was believed to be a possible suspect in the Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Sam Rockwell is playing Jewell’s defense attorney in the film.

Eastwood’s movie, scripted by Billy Ray, centers on Jewell, who discovered a suspicious backpack in the Olympics compound, cleared the area and saved lives that day, but after he was falsely accused he became a pariah. Even though the FBI cleared Jewell as a suspect three months later, the true American hero never fully got his reputation back or his confidence in himself, and his health was forever damaged. Jewell, who later became a police officer, died in 2007 of a heart attack at age 44.

Producing Richard Jewell are Tim Moore, Jessica Meier, Kevin Misher, Jonah Hill, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Davisson. Production companies are Malpaso, Misher Films, 75 Year Plan, and Appian Way.

Bates is repped by ICM.

Sylvia Miles Dies: ‘Midnight Cowboy’, ‘Farewell My Lovely’ Star Was 94

(6/12/19) Sylvia Miles, who earned two Oscar nominations – one for her memorable role as a poodle-owning Upper East Side matron who hooks up with Jon Voight’s hustler in Midnight Cowboy and one for a five and a-half minute scene with Robert Mitchum in Farewell My Lovely – has died.

Her friend, publicist Mauricio Padilha, confirmed to The New York Times that Miles died Wednesday in Manhattan. Padilha said she died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital. She was 94.

Miles was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscars for her roles in Midnight Cowboy and in 1975’s Farewell My Love She also appeared in Wall Street and its sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, among numerous other movies, plays and TV series.

Miles was also a long-time fixture on the New York party scene, often carousing with Andy Warhol and his Factory crowd. She was notable for her continuing appearances at entertainment events and openings well into her 80s.

Miles began her career on stage in 1947 and segued to TV and film in 1954. In the early ’60s, she was the first to play the role of Sally Rogers in the pilot episode of what would become The Dick Van Dyke Show, a role later taken over by Rose Marie for the series.

Despite her being on-screen for only six minutes, Miles snagged her first Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for 1969’s Midnight Cowboy. In the unforgettable scene, she picked up hustler Joe Buck (Voight) – unaware he was a prostitute – and, when he asked to be paid up, she broke into tears.

She received her second Oscar nomination for her role as Jessie in Farewell, My Lovely in 1975. She co-starred with Factory regular Joe Dallesandro in director Paul Morrissey’s 1972 film Andy Warhol’s Heat. Her other film credits include 92 in the Shade, Critical Condition, The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday, Crossing Delancey, and the 1989 comedy She-Devil, in which she played the mother of Meryl Streep’s character.

On television, Miles guest-starred in numerous series including Sex & The City, The Equalizer, NYPD, and also appeared in daytime soaps One Life to Live and All My Children.

Over the years, Miles became a cult figure and beloved New York social figure, both for her ties to avant garde personalities, including Warhol and Morrissey, and her enthusiasm for attending nightlife events.

Maurice Benard Takes a Pie in the Face to Rase Awareness for ALS

(6/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Remember the ALS ice bucket challenge? Well, there’s a new version of that going around social media to raise awareness for the disease, and it involves getting a pie in the face! GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) shared a video of himself participating in the challenge to do his part. “You’re probably wondering why I’m in the shower,” the shirtless actor began. “It’s because Kelly Clark challeneged me to the ALS challenge which means throwing this pie in my face… that I’m looking at right now. It’s for my friend who passed away, Dwight Clark. Great man, great football player…”

Benard then hesitates as he prepares to smack himself in the face with a pie, and you can hear his wife, Paula, behind the camera giggle and say, “Now or never, baby!” He then declares: “For the awareness of ALS and for everybody who has this really terrible disease.” Benard then smushes the pie into his face a little gently, and it looks like it was a delicious lemon meringue.

Dwight Clark was a championship football player who spent nine season with the San Francisco 49ers, winning two Super Bowls. He then moved off the field, acting as the general manager for the 49ers and later the Cleveland Browns. In March of 2017, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and he passed away in June of 2018, survived by his wife, Kelly.

As with all of these social media challenges, when you do it, you have to challenge other people to do the same thing, and Benard selected his GH castmates, particularly singing out Steve Burton (Jason) and Ingo Rademacher (Jax). But only time will tell if any of them rise to the challenge and pie themselves as well!

Tamara Braun Responds to Online Haters

(6/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Social media is a great way for fans to stay in touch with their favorite stars, but sometimes there are “fans” who use it to spread negativity and make rude comments. GENERAL HOSPITAL star Tamara Braun (Kim) was on the receiving end of such an attack on Twitter, and handed the situation with grace and class. The offending tweets are not viewable because the user — a Drew and Sam fan — has their posts protected so they are only visible to confirmed followers, but Braun’s responses give a pretty clear picture of the story.

“Hi there,” the actress replied. “I have a question for you. Why do you follow me on social media if you find me so irritating and want to write unkind things about me?” After the “fan” responded, Braun added, “Yes I did. ‘[barf emoji] and spastic squirrel’ are what you wrote. I think you have forgotten that I’m a person with feelings who plays Kim. You don’t have to like what I do but maybe think about the person at the end of the tweet before being mean. Just a suggestion.” She also added the hashtag “#BeKind.”

Clearly, this particular “fan” didn’t feel like apologizing. “Okay, sweetheart,” Braun tweeted later, “I see you’re not someone who can accept responsibility for your actions. It’s hard. My intention was to give you the benefit of the doubt and ask. Maybe you didn’t get it? You don’t. Think it’s best to end this. Have a good one. #BeKind”

Fans rallied to Braun’s defense online, as did some of her GH castmates. “Good for you for calling them out,” posted Laura Wright (Carly). “It’s crazy how people will tweet something so nasty. People need to stop.”

After blocking that particular “fan,” Braun shared a message to all her followers, one which she pinned to the top of her Twitter page so everyone would see it because it’s good advice. “Hey kind ones,” she wrote. “Thank you for your words. Thanks for the love and support. I appreciate you.” Let’s remember that we don’t have to be unkind back because someone else was. Ask honest questions, try to share something of value, and if there is no acceptance, then let it go.”

Back in August of 2018, Braun fired back at a fan who made fun of the glasses that she wore in an episode of GH as Dr. Nero, revealing that those particular specs were her own real-life pair and she loves them. Hopefully, one day all soap fans will learn how to behave properly on social media, but until then, these kind of reminders will continue to be necessary.

For more about Braun, don't miss her exclusive feature interview in the ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale Monday, July 1!

Michael B. Jordan On Balancing Socially-Driven & Commercial Fare At His Outlier Society Studio

(6/10/19) Making inclusive movies is organic for Black Panther and Creed II star Michael B. Jordan.

“It’s natural for me. Long before the word inclusion became a thing,” said the actor on developing movies at his new Outlier Society production company this afternoon during the Produced By session titled “Content With a Conscience: Social Impact Entertainment Across All Platforms.”

“I don’t want it to be just a Black film, but a high caliber piece of work that people don’t see that often,” Jordan explained.

Since his breakout role in Ryan Coogler’s 2013 drama Fruitvale Station, Jordan said that scripts revolving around “every historical black figure have come across my desk.”

“As much as I would love to play all of them, I can’t,” he said.

Jordan and his President of Production Development, Alana Mayo, who was also present on the panel, expounded on their decision-making process when it comes to socially-driven projects and pure entertainment ones.

Recently it was announced that Kung: Skull Island filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts would direct an original monster movie shot in Detroit produced by New Regency and Jordan’s Outlier Society.

“Starting in front of the camera, from the actor’s perspective, it’s all about the heart. It’s about wanting to create bodies of work and tell stories that will make people go home and think thoughts that will weigh heavily on their heart,” said the actor.

“We try to balance that as much as you can, to run a company where it’s not its entire identity but, at the same time it’s as an important silo and something that we care about,” he added.

“We struggle with the happy, mindless entertainment that doesn’t feel like it has some sort of substance to it,” Mayo added. “And sometimes we just want to hit an issue that I think the both of us we will continue to make content about until we feel like we start to see the impact and the change in the real world.”

Also sitting in on the session with Jordan and Mayo was ShivHans Pictures Founder & CEO Shivani Rawat, The Report filmmaker Scott Z. Burns; and Bonnie Abaunza, Founder Impact/Producer Abaunza Group.

AMC's Cornelius Smith, Jr. Stars in the Romantic New Movie "Love, Take Two"

(6/5/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The Hallmark Channel is celebrating brides (and grooms) with their annual “June Weddings” series of original movies. Cornelius Smith Jr., who soap fans will remember as ALL MY CHILDREN’s Dr. Frankie Hubbard, stars as Scott Meyers in the romantic romp Love, Take Two, which premieres on Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. ET. Heather Hemmens (ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO; GREY'S ANATOMY) is his gorgeous co-star and love interest in the movie, playing Lily Bellenger.

Shot on location in Squamish B.C, whose magnificent mountains and locale glow in the background of the dramedy, Love, Take Two tells the tale of a pair of exes who reconnect under unusual circumstances. Lily is the executive producer of THE WEDDING COUNTDOWN, a reality competition show; for each episode, three engaged couples go head to head vying for a cash prize of $50,000, and they’re judged by whose nuptials is the most spectacular and romantic of the three.

When one of the couples in the latest episode backs out, Scott and his fiancée are recruited to participate in the competition, but neither of them knew that Scott's old flame is the beautiful producer. Thrown together due to the show, will the two rekindle their long-lost love as they revisit memories from their shared past, and what will happen to Scott's fiancée? Come on, this is a Hallmark Movie — you know where this is going!

To watch Love, Take Two’s trailer, click here, and for an entertaining behind-the-scenes of look at the filming of the movie with the stars, check out the video here.

Roselyn Sánchez, Denyse Tontz & Bryan Craig in Grand Hotel 6/17/19 produced by Eva Longoria

(6/4/19) “Pilot” – Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior on the premiere episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, JUNE 17 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

“Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.

Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer. Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble) are executive producers, in addition to Bob Daily. Bill D’Elia is a director and an executive producer. Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández-Valdés are executive producers of the series, as well as executive producers of the original Spanish version. The series is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

“Pilot” was written by Brian Tanen and directed by Ken Olin.

Fergie Files to Divorce Josh Duhamel After Almost 2 Years Separated

(5/31/19) Fergie's had enough of the separated life ... she and Josh Duhamel are finally getting divorced ... TMZ has learned.

Fergie filed divorce docs Friday in Pasadena, and no one could call it a rash move. The exes have been apart publicly since September 2017 ... when they announced they were breaking up. In a joint statement, they said they'd actually been separated since earlier in 2017.

However, neither made a move divorce-wise ... until now.

The singer and actor have one child together ... their son Axl, who is 5 years old now.

They'd been married for 8 years before announcing their break-up -- and they had started dating in 2004.

Josh has been dating pretty openly. In the last year, he's been seen out with Rebekah Graf, Eiza Gonzalez ... and just this week he was at Nobu in Malibu with a mystery brunette.

Late last year, Josh was on Dax Shepard's podcast when he said he wanted more kids and was looking to date someone young enough to make that a reality.

Josh Duhamel spotted with mystery woman

(5/29/19) Josh Duhamel has a new gal pal.

Paparazzi spotted the “Safe Haven” actor with a mystery woman over the holiday weekend.

On Monday night, Duhamel, 46, and the woman enjoyed a night together at Nobu in Malibu.

Meanwhile, a few days ago, actress Rebekah Graf reposted a collage that features a photo of her kissing Duhamel on the cheek during a trip to the Dominican Republic.

Duhamel has not posted photos of her on social media, but they follow each other on Instagram.

In December, the actor, who shares 5-year-old son Axl with ex-wife Fergie, said he wants to have more kids in the future. He and Fergie split in 2017 after 13 years together, including eight years of marriage.

“It’s more about finding someone young enough to have kids,” he said on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. “It’s not as if I’m out there trying to just f—k anything. That’s not who I am. I’m trying to find a girl that I can be with and have a family with.”

It does not appear that Graf has any children of her own, but in June 2018 she posted a photo of her nephew with the caption, “Reminder that the most beautiful things in this world are simple and pure.”

According to IMDB, the actress was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has a budding acting career. Her resumé includes playing Heather Locklear in the Netflix movie about Motley Crue, “The Dirt.”

Soaps InDepth Podcast - 5/27/19 - The Last Casting Shocker

(5/27/19) The Last Casting Shocker (Listen / download).

On this week’s episode of the Soaps In Depth Podcast, Richard and Charlie not only ponder the possibilities for ALL MY CHILDREN alum Eva LaRue as she joins THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, they marvel at how well-used Ingo Rademacher has been since his return to GENERAL HOSPITAL and sing the praises of an actor who seems to enjoy his status as a soap opera stud muffin. Plus, preview, teasers and more!

20 Years Ago, Susan Lucci Finally Won Her First Daytime Emmy

(5/23/19) (Video) Where were you when Shemar Moore trumpeted, “The streak is over!”?

It was 20 years ago this week, on May 21, 1999, when the Daytime Emmys delivered their most memorable moment. All My Children star Susan Lucci was, finally, a winner.

Hosted by Oprah Winfrey and held at The Theater in Madison Square Garden (and airing in primetime on CBS because, well, it was a different time then), the ceremony’s antepenultimate award found The Young and the Restless‘ Jeanne Cooper, As the World Turns‘ Elizabeth Hubbard, AMC‘s Lucci, Y&R‘s Melody Thomas Scott and Guiding Light‘s Kim Zimmer vying for Outstanding Lead Actress honors.

At that time, Zimmer was 3-for-5 in career nominations, Hubbard was 2-for-9 and Cooper was 0-for-4. Scott was looking to convert on her first Daytime Emmy nod ever, while Lucci was facing no less than her 19th attempt to grab gold.

Lucci was part of AMC‘s original ensemble when the ABC serial made its debut in 1970, and she was first nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 1978. Over the first decades of her run, she in grande dame Erica Kane created what TV Guide Magazine called “unequivocally the most famous soap-opera character in the history of TV.”

Yet as of May 1999, all she had to show for it — other than an industry-leading paycheck that reportedly exceeded $1 million per year — was a Best Soap Actress title per a People magazine poll and Soap Opera Digest‘s equivalent of a lifetime achievement award.

But that all changed minutes after Y&R star Shemar Moore took the stage to present the Outstanding Lead Actress award, as seen in the video clip above.

What resulted was tears (from Lucci as well as many famous faces in the crowd) and a standing ovation that lasted for several minutes. Even in the press room afterwards (where I was based; Ausiello as Soaps in Depth’s news director was in the audience), the soap opera vet received a huge round of applause.

What pushed Lucci across the finish line that year of all years? In past competitions, she tended to submit scenes from two unrelated storylines and sometimes featuring too much melodrama. But in 1999, Tom O’Neil (now the president and founder of sister site Gold Derby, then at the Los Angeles Times) observed, “She submitted two continuous episodes that showed off a diverse range of her acting skills, including, of course, three crying scenes and a diva’s best slap, but also convincing displays of tenderness, fear and love as she hovered over anorexic daughter Bianca in the hospital.”

You can watch the Bianca intervention episode below: Video.

Hulu Sets Animated Kids Series With Openly Gay Main Character; T.R. Knight, Bobby Moynihan, RuPaul & Others Add Voices ‘The Bravest Knight’

(5/23/19) T.R. Knight, Bobby Moynihan, Storm Reid, RuPaul, Christine Baranski and Wanda Sykes are among the stellar voice cast set for The Bravest Knight, Hulu’s groundbreaking animated kids series based on Daniel Errico’s popular children’s book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived, from Big Bad Boo Studios. The first five episodes of the series will launch June 21 on Hulu June 21, followed by additional episodes later this year.

The boundary-breaking new series features a household with two dads (Sir Cedric, voiced by Knight, and Prince Andrew), making it one of the first children’s television series with an openly gay main character. It chronicles a young pumpkin farmer’s adventure as he attempts to become the bravest knight who ever lived.

In addition to Knight as Sir Cedric, The Bravest Knight stars Moynihan as young Cedric’s troll sidekick Grunt, Reid as Not-Yet-Knight Nia, and will also feature the voice talents of RuPaul, Baranski, Sykes, Wilson Cruz, Teri Polo, Steven Weber, Donna Murphy, AJ McLean, Dot-Marie Jones, Maz Jobrani, Chance Hurstfield and more. The Bravest Knight’s opening theme song was written and performed by Grammy-nominated musician, songwriter and activist Justin Tranter.

Following the inspiring and perseverant former pumpkin farmer, Sir Cedric, now grown and married to the prince of his dreams, The Bravest Knight recounts personal tales of his journey. Sir Cedric shares his story with his adopted 10-year-old daughter Nia, on how he transformed from day-time farmer to full-fledged knight. Nia, who is training to become a brave knight herself, learns important values such as honor, justice and compassion; proving that knighthood is much more than slaying dragons.

The Bravest Knight joins Hulu’s original kids series including Holly Hobbie, Find Me In Paris and Doozers, among others.

Rebecca Budig On GH Return

(5/23/19) Rebecca Budig, who played the role of Hayden on GH from 2015-17, tells Digest exclusively that when the show reached out to her about a possible comeback, “It was a very nice feeling and very flattering to know that they could see the potential story for Hayden and Finn. I think there is a lot left untold there.” Budig will be back on-screen this summer and says, “I am curious about how they are going to bring Hayden back and who I’ll be working with. It should be fun!” For more with the actress, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.

The Young and the Restless Adds All My Children Veteran Eva LaRue

(5/16/19) Eva LaRue is returning to Natalia Boa Vista’s stomping grounds.

The former CSI: Miami star will join the cast of CBS’ The Young and the Restless, TVLine has confirmed. In addition to her homecoming at the network, the move will mark LaRue’s daytime comeback: She played neurologist Dr. Maria Santos Grey on the ABC soap All My Children off and on over the course of 18 years. In 1997, she received a Daytime Emmy nomination for supporting actress for her work on the series.

LaRue’s Y&R character, Celeste Rosales, is the mother of Lola (played by Sasha Calle), Arturo (played by Jason Canela) and Rey Rosales (played by Jordi Vilasuso). LaRue begins shooting in late May; look for Celeste’s first appearance to take place on Wednesday, June 26. EW.com first reported the casting.

The actress’ other TV credits include Fuller House, George Lopez, Soul Food, Third Watch and Santa Barbara. At present, she hosts Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Animal Tales.

CBS recently renewed The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful — as well as its entire daytime lineup, which also includes The Talk, The Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal — for the 2019-2020 TV season.

Eva LaRue Mourns the Loss of Her Father, Luis

(5/14/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in sending love to Eva LaRue (Maria, ALL MY CHILDREN), whose father, Luis, has passed away. “I love you, my Daddy,” she shared on Instagram with a series of lovely photos. “Until I see you again, my five-year-old self will dance on your feet in my dreams.” The actress shared a shot of them embracing warmly, an old family photo from the ‘90s, and a solo photo of Luis. You can see them by swiping or clicking through her Instagram post here.

Thanks to the loving support of her father and mother, LaRue grew into a lovely woman who has had quite the life. After her successful run on AMC, she left daytime to join the cast of GEORGE LOPEZ and then star on CSI: MIAMI. More recently, LaRue has appeared in FULLER HOUSE and MACK & MOXY as well as the films Urban Cowboy and Orphan Horse.

General Hospital is bringing back Rebecca Budig

(5/9/19) (ew.com) It’s finally happening: Hayden Barnes is coming back to Port Charles.

EW has learned exclusively that Rebecca Budig — a.k.a. Hayden, that conniving little heartbreaker who ran out on Finn (Michael Easton) — will return to General Hospital this summer. The brass is staying mum about Hayden’s much-anticipated return, though it seems kind of obvious that she’s ready to introduce her baby to its father!

Let’s recap: The last time fans saw Hayden was in September 2017, when she was writing an apology letter to Finn for leaving him at the altar. She was also clearly pregnant, even though she let Finn believe the baby had been lost.

Since then, fans have wondered whether Budig would ever return and put Finn out of his misery. (Though he hasn’t suffered too much; he’s now in a relationship with Anna, played by Finola Hughes.) ABC executive Nathan Varni certainly teased the possibility earlier this year on Blog Talk Radio’s Daytime After Dark.

“I think it’s definitely a possibility,” he said. “As you know, we left Hayden telling Finn she lost the baby, but the reality of the situation was that she did not lose the baby. So I think with that cliffhanger, there’s definitely room to perhaps one day play that again. Obviously no guarantees, but I think the writers did a good job of kind of tying that story up and leaving a lot to be desired, and that could be a potential obstacle down the road for Finn and kind of a big surprise. So we’ll have to see. But I think it’ll be a while, as we’re not quite yet to that point where we’re ready to return Hayden to the canvas.”

Budig first joined GH in 2015. Before that, she starred as Greenlee Smythe on All My Children.

She’s also set to appear in Charter Communications’ upcoming Bad Boys spin-off, LA.’s Finest. It drops on Spectrum’s On Demand platform May 13 and stars Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union.

General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC.

Ben Stiller may make documentary about his beloved parents

(5/8/19) Ben Stiller wants to make a documentary about his parents, legendary comedy duo Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.

“I’m actually right now putting [together] all footage of my parents [to] try and maybe make some sort of documentary,” he told Stephen Colbert at the Montclair Film Festival. “It’s crazy to watch it all. There’s so much stuff.”

Stiller and Meara appeared on “Ed Sullivan” 30 times, and Ben said he watched them prep for the show: “Our living room was their office .?.?. I would hear them sort of working and improvising. Sometimes arguing. We didn’t know if the argument was a sketch or real.”

Susan Lucci looks back on the cancellation of 'All My Children': 'There was a lot of anger'

(5/5/19) (yahoo.com) For many, Erica Kane was All My Children. An original character, fans followed her antics, brought to life by Susan Lucci, for 41 years as she worked her way through all the men of Pine Valley. So when the show ended, there were initial feelings of "anger" which led to a period of "mourning" for the soap opera icon.

In a conversation with Yahoo Entertainment ahead of the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards, which take place Sunday, Lucci — who famously won her Lead Actress Emmy in 1999 after losing 18 times — recalled getting the news in April 2011 that ABC was ending the soap, which was a daytime staple for more than four decades.

"When the announcement was going to be made that All My Children was going to go off the air, [creator] Agnes Nixon actually called me and told me she had heard this was going to happen,” Lucci recalls. She says Nixon didn’t want her to be “blindsided,” as the face of the show — and, arguably, daytime TV.

Lucci says she suspected “something was up” anyway based on the number of executives on set that day. She was then called to the producer’s office, where the head of ABC Daytime, Brian Frons, broke the news.

“I was very surprised,” she remembers, “and I asked him why and he said they were replacing us with a show that [cost] 40 percent less to produce,” referring to The Chew. (Lucci previously ripped Frons in her 2011 memoir All My Life for the seemingly gleeful way he delivered the cancellation news, writing, "An iconic show was losing out to greed. ... I watched Brian Frons’s decisions destroy the production of our show and the lives of people on both sides of the country.” Frons left ABC in January 2012 after a petition demanded he be fired.)

After spending her entire career on the show, Lucci admits that the cancellation left her hurt.

"There was a lot of anger that day — from me and everybody else,” she says. “It was really a period of mourning because we went through all of those stages — the anger, the denial, the sadness, the missing of each other."

However, she adds that the fans and their passion for the show "helped me get through that mourning period.” She says she’s come to realize that despite the show ending, “I do have [Erica] with me,” the soap icon says about her diva counterpart, adding, “There’s a little bit of Erica in all of us. It’s a matter of proportion and the day.”

The final scene of the show, which aired on Sept. 23, 2011, centered around Lucci's character, who was planning to leave Pine Valley to move to Hollywood, causing turbulence with her on-again, off-again love Jack (played by Walt Willey). But it was a cliffhanger with Jacob Young, who played J.R., yielding a gun — where Kane and other popular denizens were gathered — with his target unknown.

“The way the show ended was very interesting. Agnes ended it as a champion. She was so great the way she wrote," Lucci says of Nixon, who passed away in 2016. "There was a cliffhanger [and] to this day people will ask me: Who was in the crosshairs? Did Erica live? Did she go get Jack back? Did they get married? After we were canceled, Agnes still had storyline, so [we] both thought the show would come back."

There was hope that it would continue online initially. It was briefly revived through the production company Prospect Park, but the new production was plagued with problems — financial and otherwise. Lucci never officially signed on and it was canceled — again — in 2013.

Lucci says that despite All My Children ending twice, she has never completely ruled out bringing it back.

“There is some conversation about a way to do it," she says with that Erica sparkle in her eye. "We'll see. I mean, we don’t know.”

As for The Chew, which was the replacement for AMC with its lower budget, it debuted about a month after the soap went went dark. The food-centric talk chat show ran for six years before also being canceled in June 2018 — about six months after co-host Mario Batali was fired following sexual misconduct allegations.

This Sunday, the 2019 Daytime Emmys honoring the four remaining soaps and the rest of the daytime programming will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., and will be hosted by Extra TV personality Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood from The Talk. However, there will perhaps be no moment quite as great at at the 1999 show — 20 years ago — when Lucci won her first Emmy, for Best Actress, after 19 nominations.

Dishing with Digest - 5/3/19 - Sal Stowers

(5/3/19) DAYS's Sal Stowers Traces Her Soap Roots (Listen / download) Sal Stowers talks about her emotional year as DAYS's Lani, her first soap job as ALL MY CHILDREN's Cassandra, winning AMERICA'S TOP MODEL AND MORE with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the AMC and ONE LIFE reboots, and the comebacks of DAYS's Stephen Nichols and GH's Ingo Rademacher.

GUIDING LIGHT Faves Headline New Play

(5/3/19) GUIDING LIGHT alums Robert Newman (ex-Josh) Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip) have joined the cast of Perfect Crime, the longest running play in New York City history, at the Anne L. Bernstein Theater in New York City. Newman will perform in the role now through May 8 and May 24-June 16 and Aleksander will perform in the role May 10- May 22 and June 17-June 30. For tickets go to https://www.ticketmaster.com/Perfect-Crime-tickets/artist/935439. or can call The Theater Center box office at 212-921-7862.

Young and Restless: Melissa Claire Egan Set for Summer Return as Chelsea

(4/30/19) (ew.com) Chelsea Newman is coming home!

EW has learned exclusively that veteran soap actress Melissa Claire Egan is returning to The Young and the Restless to reprise her fan-favorite role. She’ll begin taping new episodes next month for an early summer debut.

Egan told her fans via Twitter in January of 2018 that she was leaving the soap after “six wonderful years.” But she left open the possibility of a return to Genoa City. “This isn’t goodbye,” she wrote in her tweet. “Truly. Just goodbye for now.”

The character of Chelsea was last seen in February 2018 when she left town with her son Connor to avoid jail time. Egan’s departure occurred during the stewardship of Mal Young, the sudser’s former head writer who reportedly left in December. Longtime Y&R scribe Josh Griffith is now running the writers room.

Before joining Y&R, Egan played Annie on ABC’s All My Children from 2006 to 2011. She recently filmed a starring role in the Hallmark movie, Holiday for Heroes, that will air in November. Egan has earned five Daytime Emmy nominations.

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS.

Presenters Announced For The Daytime Emmys

(4/30/19) The list of presenters has been released for this weekend’s 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. At the Creative Arts Emmys on Friday, May 3, B&B’s Courtney Hope (Sally) and Annika Noelle (Hope), DAYS’s Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani), GH’s Josh Swickard (Chase) and Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and Y&R’s Sasha Calle (Lola), Hunter King (Summer) and Michael Mealor (Kyle), as well as DAYS alum Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig), who is nominated for his series AFTER FOREVER, will do the honors. At the May 5 ceremony, B&B’s Don Diamont (Bill) and Darin Brooks (Wyatt), DAYS’s Camila Banus (Gabi), Billy Flynn (ex-Chad), Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail), GH’s Steve Burton (Jason) and Ingo Rademacher (Jax), Y&R’s Daniel Goddard (Cane) and Melissa Ordway (Abby) will be presenting, as will S.W.A.T star Shemar Moore, who just reprised his role of Y&R’s Malcolm, and ALL MY CHILDREN alum Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan).

Mark Consuelos thinks patience would help Hollywood marriages

(4/26/19) For Mark Consuelos it’s all about patience.

During a recent interview with Esquire, the “Riverdale” star, 48, said Hollywood marriages might fare better if people gave them a little more time because it takes a while to figure the whole thing out.

“I’m an incredibly slow learner, so I feel like I’m just getting it. Like ‘Oh, this is what you’re supposed to do,’ or, ‘OK, sometimes yes means no,’” he told the mag. “After 23 years, I’m just learning that—so no, I don’t think I could give anybody advice.”

While he may not feel comfortable giving people marriage advice, he does have an idea of what he’s talking about. Having met on the set of “All My Children” in 1995, he and wife Kelly Ripa are still going strong more than two decades later.

He continued, “I guess sometimes you see these public marriages end and you wonder, ‘Really? You’re going to quit now? It’s just been a couple of years. Maybe you should try to stick it out.’ It’s kind of great to have a life together with someone. Of course, I’m not supporting staying in a horrible marriage. I’m just saying, if you can, maybe wait until it calms down a little bit. Wait until the magic happens.”

Consuelos and Ripa also know that it’s not always good to act on impulse.

In a February appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Consuelos recounted how the couple actually split up right before eloping in 1996. But the actor knew he’d found the right woman, and refused to let her slip away that easily.

“So I followed her in Central Park,” he added. “And then we went back to my place and we got married the next day.”

GH’s William deVry Heads To Philadelphia For A Good Cause

(4/26/19) William deVry, a celebrity amabassador for the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, is heading to Philadelphia for the 15th Annual Sandy Sprint Superhero 5k/10k, which will be held on Saturday, April 27 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The event, which kicks of at 7:30 a.m., features runners, walkers and four-legged racers decked out in superhero costumes to honor the heroes impacted by ovarian cancer — survivors and patients, but also their caretakers, families and friends. For more information, visit sandyovarian.org

The Good Fight Renewed for Season 4

(4/24/19) Diane Lockhart & Co. will keep fighting the you-know-what, now that The Good Fight has been renewed for Season 4 at CBS All Access.

In addition to The Good Wife alum Christine Baranski, the spinoff’s cast includes Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi, Michael Sheen and Delroy Lindo. Leslie’s future with the acclaimed drama is, however, in question, given her character Maia’s increasingly reduced presence, the actress’ conspicuous absence from Season 3 key art, and an unemployment-related quip Leslie made during husband Kit Harington’s recent Saturday Night Live monologue. (CBS All Access has yet to comment on the original cast member’s future status.)

“The Good Fight is in the middle of an incredible third season and continues to be a flagship original series for the service,” CBS All Access original content EVP Julie McNamara said in announcing the renewal. “Its visionary creators Robert and Michelle King and the extraordinary cast continue to explore the cultural climate with insight, humor and courage, and we can’t wait to see where these indelible characters go next.”

Episode 7 of The Good Fight‘s current season releases this Thursday, April 25, with the season finale set for May 16.

Chrishell Hartley Mourns the Death of Her Father

(4/23/19) As many families around the world came together to celebrate Easter, Chrishell Hartley (Jordan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) joined her own family to say goodbye to her beloved father. “We lost you today but it was a long, terrible battle with cancer that started taking you years ago,” she shared on Instagram with a vintage photo of her dad. “I choose to remember you the way you were before it took its hold on you. You are at peace now, and ever the Catholic man at heart, I think you chose Easter for a reason.”

The daytime star, who also appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Bethany and ALL MY CHILDREN as Amanda, clearly inherited her love for entertaining from her father. “I grew up in an unconventional family and my dad was a drummer — the heartbeat of the music,” Hartley explained. “Today we lost the heartbeat of our family but I am happy knowing he took his music to heaven. It just got a lot more rock and roll up there. We love you so much.”

Tonya Pinkins in Bull 5/6/19

(4/23/19) “When the Rains Came” – Bull helps mount a defense for Taylor’s brother-in-law, Ralph Kelly (Bobby Moreno), a prison guard charged with manslaughter for the drowning deaths of two inmates in the middle of a hurricane. During the trial, Bull aims to convince the jury that his client tried to prevent a “greater harm” when he abandoned his prison command to evacuate his own family, on BULL, Monday, May 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Bobby Moreno (Ralph Kelly), Clara Stack (Hannah Kelly), Tonya Pinkins (Judge Maynard).

Talk Show Appearance

(4/19/19) Today – NBC

Wednesday, April 24

(10-11 a.m.) Christina Baranski on The Good Fight

Christine Baranski Recurs On The Big Bang Theory 5/9/19

(4/19/19) “The Maternal Conclusion” – Leonard is pleasantly surprised when Beverly (Christine Baranski) comes to visit and she’s genuinely kind to him, until he finds out the real reason she’s there. Also, Denise and Stuart overstay their welcome at the Wolowitz house, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, May 9 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The Boys in the Band Coming to Netflix From Ryan Murphy; Entire Broadway Cast of All-Gay Actors Set to Return

(4/17/19) Following a successful limited engagement on Broadway last year, The Boys in the Band will bring the party to Netflix in 2020, Ryan Murphy announced Wednesday on Instagram.

“Last summer, THE BOYS IN THE BAND were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth,” Murphy wrote. “THIS summer, The Boys In the Band will be filming a Netflix movie event. The incomparable Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway revival, will direct the film adaptation. The Broadway cast of BOYS was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley’s seminal work. Everyone in the cast was out and proud…and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart’s landmark play. … I will be producing the film with David Stone and Ned Martel. Look for THE BOYS on Netflix in 2020.”

Reprising their roles from the 2018 Broadway production are Matt Bomer (White Collar), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Zachary Quinto (Heroes), Andrew Rannells (Girls), Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf), Brian Hutchison (Madam Secretary), Michael Benjamin Washington (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Robin de Jesús (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), and Tuc Watkins (Desperate Housewives).

Set in New York City’s Upper East Side, The Boys in the Band takes place over a single evening, as a group of gay men face uncomfortable truths at a friend’s birthday party.

This marks the second Broadway production Murphy intends to bring to Netflix. Last week, he announced that new musical The Prom will be turned into a “movie event” for the streaming giant. Other upcoming Netflix titles from Murphy include Ratched, a prequel series about the iconic nurse (played by Sarah Paulson) from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Hollywood, a “love letter” to Los Angeles; and The Politician, a new series starring Ben Platt.

Produced By Conference Adds Mindy Kaling, Nancy Meyers, Michael B. Jordan, Alana Mayo And More As Speakers

(4/16/19) The Producers Guild of America has unveiled the second wave of speakers for the 11th annual Produced By Conference. Additions to this year’s event include Mindy Kaling, Nancy Meyers, Michael B. Jordan, Alana Mayo, Danny DeVito, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Meg Whitman, Gail Berman, Lucy Fisher, James F. Lopez, Michael Thorn,Tracey Edmonds, and Vernon Sanders. The event is set to take place June 8-9 at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles.

The 2019 Produced By Conference will host several sessions that range from streaming, horror and social good to podcasting and OTT networks. This year’s session includes relevant topics affecting the industry including “The Streamers: Meet the Buyers” featuring executives from Amazon, Disney+, EPIX and Hulu as well as “Content with a Conscious: Social Impact Entertainment Across All Platforms” with Michael B. Jordan. The conference will also delve into horror with “The New Age of Producing Horror” which will feature Ian Cooper (Us, Candyman), Kate Krantz (The Birch, Sunny Family Cult), Trevor Macy (The Haunting of Hill House, Doctor Sleep), Sam Shaw (Castle Rock, Manhattan), Dustin Thomason (Castle Rock, Manhattan), and Marci Wiseman (Sharp Objects, The Loudest Voice).

Full details about the conference sessions can be read below.

“Conversation With: Toby Emmerich & Peter Roth” features an in-depth discussion with the Warner Bros. heads of film and television about the future of development across platforms.

“Conversation With: Mindy Kaling & Nancy Meyers sponsored by Delta Air Lines” invites Mindy Kaling, the skyrocketing writer and producer of the upcoming film Late Night, to her first appearance at the Produced By Conference alongside revered director and producer Nancy Meyers.

“Conversation With: Michael Douglas & Danny DeVito” features a conversation with Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito discussing their favorite stories from their decades-long careers, including their current work on the award-winning Netflix series The Kominsky Method.

“Conversation With: Jeffrey Katzenberg & Meg Whitman” will bring the Hollywood and tech industry moguls to the stage to talk about their streaming service, Quibi, and provide insights into how disruptive technologies are changing the future of the entertainment industry.

“360 Profile: When They See Us” will bring Ava DuVernay, Cindy Holland, Jane Rosenthal, Jonathan King & Berry Welsh to the stage to discuss the creation and exploration of important themes in the new Netflix drama, When They See Us, that exposes the breakdown of the U.S. criminal justice system during the Central Park Five case.

The conference will also include the following sessions:

Conversation With: Toby Emmerich & Peter Roth
Conversation With: Mindy Kaling & Nancy Meyers sponsored by Delta Air Lines
Conversation With: Michael Douglas & Danny DeVito
Conversation With: Jeffrey Katzenberg & Meg Whitman
360 Profile: When They See Us featuring Ava DuVernay, Cindy Holland, Jane Rosenthal, Jonathan King & Berry Welsh
The New Age of Producing Horror
Content with a Conscious: Social Impact Entertainment Across All Platforms
The Art & Craft of Pitching
The Keys to the Kingdom: Financiers & Distributors
TV: Meet the Buyers
The Streamers: Meet the Buyers
Power of Podcasts: The Latest Way to Extend Your Story
Live Entertainment Evolved: Scripted, Interactive and Beyond sponsored by Blackmagic Design
Representation for Everyone: Why It Makes Sense Now More Than Ever sponsored by Freeform
The Integrated Data-Driven Production: Efficiency, Economy and Quality sponsored by Cast & Crew
New Technology: Balancing Creativity and Cost sponsored by Panavision
Below you can read the list of additional speakers.

Alana Mayo, President of Production and Development, Outlier Society Productions; Annihilation, Fences
Berry Welsh, SVP, Production & Development, Tribeca Productions; When They See Us, The Irishman
Chris Thomes, Vice President, Marketing Strategy, ABC Studios
Daniela Hamilton; Telenovela Live
Danny DeVito; Actor/Director/Producer; The War of the Roses, Matilda
Gail Berman, President, Producers Guild of America; Chairperson, SIDECAR
Ian Cooper,Creative Director, Monkeypaw Productions; Us, Candyman
James F. Lopez, President, Will Packer Productions; Little, What Men Want
Jeffrey Katzenberg, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WndrCo; Founder and Chairman of the Board, Quibi
Jesse Sisgold, President & Chief Operating Officer, Skydance Media
Kia Kiso, Founding Member, PGA Social Impact Entertainment Task Force; Producer, Zaza Productions; Mile… Mile & A Half
Kip Konwiser, Co-Founder, The Money Pool; Ana, Cigarette
Leila Jarman, Producer/Director and Creative Director of Women’s Voices Now
Lucy Fisher, President, Producers Guild of America; Partner, Red Wagon Entertainment; The Great Gatsby, Divergent series
Meg Whitman, CEO, Quibi
Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, FOX Entertainment
Michael B. Jordan, Principal, Outlier Society Productions; Black Panther, Creed franchise
Mindy Kaling, Principal, Kaling International; Late Night, The Mindy Project
Nancy Meyers, The Intern, It’s Complicated
Steven Canals; Pose, Dead of Summer
Tracey Edmonds, CEO and President, Edmonds Entertainment; Games People Play, Jumping the Broom
Tricia Melton, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Freeform
Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios

Inside Salem Podcast - 4/15/19 - Chrishell Hartley, Wally Kurth, Judi Evans and Freddie Smith

(4/16/19) (Listen / download) Chrishell Hartley Spills the Beans on Jordan's Secret Baby; Wally Kurth, Judi Evans and Freddie Smith Play "Dish, Dirt or Delight"

Chrishell Hartley tells us everything she knows about Jordan Ridgeway's surprise baby and feelings toward Rafe. Then, Wally Kurth, Judi Evans and Freddie Smith join Michael Fairman in the studio to discuss the Kiriakis family dynamic and talk about their favorite cast members in a game of "Dish, Dirt or Delight."

Actor Justin Hartley lands the role of homeowner in Encino

(4/16/19) (latimes.com) Actor Justin Hartley of “This Is Us” fame and his wife, Realtor and actress Chrishell Stause, have purchased a newly built home in Encino for $4.65 million. We’re betting they looked at the modern farmhouse-style single-story and said, “This is us.”

Private and gated, the 6,762 square feet of open floor plan is crowned by high ceilings and exposed wood beams. A glass wall reveals the temperature-controlled wine room. The kitchen features both prep and eat-at islands as well as a glass-sided breakfast nook.

A high-tech media room, a dining room, a butler’s panty, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms are among the other living spaces.

The resort-like backyard contains a contemporary fire-pit area, a pool house, a swimming pool and a sports court.

Hartley, 42, has television credits that include the daytime soap opera "Passions," the adventure-drama "Smallville" and the thriller series "Revenge." He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his work on "The Young and the Restless." He also is branching out to TV production with his newly launched ChangeUp Productions.

Stause, 37, plays herself on the Netflix realty reality show “Selling Sunset.” Her television credits include “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless.”

Ray Akbari and Cyrus Ahmadi of Standard Realty were the listing agents. Stause, who also goes by the name Chrishell Hartley, and Jason Oppenheim of the Oppenheim Group handled the buying side.

Talk Show Appearance

(4/7/19) Strahan & Sara – ABC

Monday, April 8 – actress Lindsay Price (“Splitting Up Together”);

Dishing with Digest - 4/5/19 - Chrishell Hartley

(4/5/19) DAYS’S Chrishell Hartley Is Living Her Best Life (Listen / download).

Chrishell Hartley talks about her new hit Netflix show, SELLING SUNSET, coming back to DAYS as Jordan, married life with Justin Hartley, the celebrity that made her starstruck and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest casting shakeups at Y&R.

Tonya Pinkins on Madam Secretary 4/21/19

(4/5/19) “Better Angels” – As Elizabeth prepares to leave the state department and announce her run for president, anti-globalist terrorists attack the United Nations delegation in Geneva who are there to sign the climate migration treaty, on the fifth season finale of MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, April 21 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Tracee Chimo Pallero (Nina Cummings), Will Chase (Senator Owen Callister), Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson)

Melissa Leo, Rosie O'Donnell, Archie Panjabi and Others Board HBO Miniseries I Know This Much Is True

(4/4/19) HBO’s in-the-works miniseries I Know This Much Is True just added a lot of star power. Six actresses, including Rosie O’Donnell, The Good Wife alumna Archie Panjabi and Oscar winner Melissa Leo have boarded the project, TVLine has learned.

Based on Wally Lamb’s 1998 novel of the same name, I Know This Much Is True follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey (both played by Mark Ruffalo) in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness, set against the backdrop of 20th century America.

O’Donnell will co-star as Lisa Sheffer, a social worker at the Hatch Forensic Institute where Ruffalo’s Thomas is staying. Panjabi will play Dr. Patel, Thomas’ newly appointed psychologist, while Leo will play Concettina Ipolita Tempesta Birdsey (aka Ma), the twins’ mother.

Also joining the cast: Juliette Lewis (Camping) as Nedra Frank, a self-absorbed graduate student hired by Dominick; Kathryn Hahn (Transparent) as Dessa Constantine, Dominick’s ex-wife; and Imogen Poots (Roadies) as Joy Hanks, Dominick’s live-in girlfriend.

Ruffalo and Lamb will both serve as executive producers on the six-episode miniseries, as will writer and director Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines).

I Know This Much Is True currently has a production commitment at HBO.

George R.R. Martin's Soapy New Adventure

(4/2/19) Andrew Miller, real-life husband of Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN, et al), is the showrunner of Hulu’s upcoming WILD CARDS series, based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R.R. Martin. In a big reveal that just so happens to fall on April Fool’s Day, Riegel, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (ex-Leo, DAYS) appear in leaked footage from the set of the new shows, which can be viewed on Martin’s official site at http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog. Tweeted Riegel, “I think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

NAACP Image Awards: 2019 Winners

(3/31/19) Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Michael B. Jordan, Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)

Talk Show Appearance

(3/29/19) LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY - NBC

Monday, April 1: guest Leven Rambin.

Audiobooks Narrated By Soap Stars

(3/29/19) The Secret Garden by Finola Hughes (Narrator) Frances Hodgson Burnett (Author) (Order here)

People are naturally inclined to hand out the "instant classic" award to the books they like, but there are only a precious few books that can hold on to such a title for over a hundred years, (this was published in book form in 1911), and still stay fresh, engaging and appealing. This book is the source and template for so many children's lit conventions that it is hard to imagine a library without multiple copies.

You can sample the book as a Kindle freebie or in some other downloadable form, since it's out of copyright and readily available. Then, and better yet, after you read it and discover its pleasures, look for a nice edition to give to each young reader you know. There are easy to read books that are shallow, and there are harder to read books with considerable depth, but this one manages to be accessible to a fairly young reader and yet still loaded with fine writing, style, character, mystery, romance, adventure and inspiration. An excellent choice.

And while you're at it, take a look at Burnett's "Little Lord Fauntleroy". He's gotten a bad rap, (probably as a result of those Fauntleroy suits and haircuts that were the rage in the twenties), but he's actually smart , level headed, and shrewdly decent in unexpected ways. So go and get your Burnett on.

Get your copy here.

AMC Alum To Be A Dad

(3/27/19) Eric Nelsen (ex-AJ, ALL MY CHILDREN) and his wife, Sainty, are expecting a baby girl — who it looks like they plan to name Molly based on the photo — later this year. Nelsen announced the news on Instagram, captioning the photo below, “Our biggest production yet ???? There has been one role I’ve wanted to play my whole life… just booked it! “ The actors tied the knot on November 29, 2013.

Michael B. Jordan Takes On Age-Less Man Thriller ‘Methusaleh’ At Warner Bros

(3/26/19) Warner Bros will re-develop Methusaleh as a star vehicle for Michael B. Jordan to play a man who has managed to stay alive for over 400 years. Jordan’s Outlier Society has joined as producers Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford.

Warner Bros has been trying to get this one up and running for years, with myriad writers and leading men that at one time included Tom Cruise. It’s got a Highlander-like mythology and franchise potential. The idea is for Jordan to play a man who has managed to survive for hundreds of years, without showing the physical signs of age. In that time, he has accumulated vast intellectual knowledge, from multiple languages to the sciences, as well as survival skills. Zach Dean is among the writers who’ve written versions.

Jordan is coming off the one-two punch of Black Panther and Creed II. Since signing a deal at Warner Bros, the studio acquired for Outlier Society to produce the Marlon James fantasy epic novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Outlier was just part of a New Regency deal for an untitled monster movie that will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Jordan is also attached to star in and produce Denzel Washington’s next directorial outing, Journal for Jordan, as well as the Gerard McMurray-directed Silver Bear for Lionsgate.

Jordan is repped by WME and attorney Gregory Slewett.

Warner Bros’ Animated Scooby-Doo Finds Its Fred & Daphne In Zac Efron & Amanda Seyfried

(3/22/19) Zac Efron will voice the dapper Fred, and Amanda Seyfried the preppy Daphne, in Warner Bros Animation Group’s Scooby-Doo feature film Scoob.

Tony Cervone is directing the feature, and Chris Columbus, Pam Coats and Allison Abbate are producing. Executive producers are Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Dan Povenmire and Adam Sztykiel. Pic will open in May 2020.

It’s the first time since Warners’ 2004 live-action take on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, that the Mystery Inc gang have hit the big screen. In the new Scooby-Doo movie they team up with other characters in the Hanna-Barbera universe to save the world from the evil Dick Dastardly. Previously announced for the pic is Will Forte, who will play Shaggy, Gina Rodriguez is Velma, Tracy Morgan is Captain Caveman, and Frank Welker will reprise the voice of Scoob, having been the voice-over for the hound in the 1969-1970 series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Seyfried is repped by Innovative Artists and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, and Efron is repped by CAA, Alchemy Entertainment and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.

Seyfried recently starred in Paul Schrader’s Oscar-nominated First Reformed, and the near $400M-worldwide grossing Universal sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. She can been seen next in Simon Curtis’ The Art of Racing in the Rain with Kevin Costner and Milo Ventimiglia and David Koepp’s You Should Have Left opposite Kevin Bacon. She has a SAG ensemble nom for her work in Les Misereables in which she played Cosette and a National Board of Review ensemble win for the Tom Hooper feature musical. Overall Seyfried’s canon counts close to $3 billion at the global box office.

Efron counts such hit franchises as The Neighbors and High School Musical series. He recently won great reviews for his turn as serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile which made its world premiere at Sundance and sold to Netflix for a reported $9M. Efron recently starred in Harmony Korine’s SXSW world premiere The Beach Bum. Last year he starred in the Fox hit musical The Greatest Showman. Efron’s films have racked up close to $2.5B at the worldwide box office.

Alla Korot on MacGyver 4/12/19

(3/22/19) “Friends + Enemies + Border” – MacGyver and Desi help a group of Syrian refugees who are being pursued by human traffickers. Also, in Los Angeles, Bozer is trapped in Oversight’s car which is rigged to explode, on MACGYVER, Friday, April 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST: Alla Korot (Dr. Arza Terzic), Andre Reed (Prosecutor), Faruk Amireh (Adnan).

Tonya Pinkins & Brian Kerwin on Madam Secretary 4/14/19

(3/22/19) “Carrying the Gold” – As Elizabeth prepares to officially declare her candidacy for president, she must deal with fallout from a news article alleging she had an affair with President Dalton during her CIA days. Also, Mike B. and Jay adjust to the growing pains in their expanded roles as campaign staffers, and Elizabeth calls for a UN criminal tribunal against Myanmar military leaders over their treatment of the Rohingya, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, April 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Jane Pauley guest stars as herself.

GUEST CAST includes: Skipp Sudduth (Peter Harriman), Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson), Brian Kerwin (Deputy Secretary Steven Bailey)

Susan Lucci hasn't told her mother about her heart surgery

(3/19/19) (usmagazine.com) Susan Lucci continues to thrive after having emergency heart surgery last fall to fix two blocked arteries and counts on all her loved ones for support — except for her mother.

“You know, the truth is I didn’t tell her,” the 72-year-old soap opera legend told Us at the ADAPT Leadership Awards in NYC on March 14. “My mother was a nurse on top of it and I just didn’t want to scare her. She’s living in Florida.” The star’s mother, Jeannette, is turning 102 years old this week, Lucci said, adding, “We’re going down to see her, actually.”

While it’s possible Jeanette would have heard about her daughter’s cardiac health scare on the news, Lucci is banking on the fact that she hasn’t. “We haven’t talked about it. I don’t want to,” Lucci said, explaining that her family’s health history kept her quiet. “You know my dad passed away from [heart disease], so I don’t want to bring it up. But he lived to be in his eighties.” Victor Lucci died in November 2002.

n February, the soap star — famous for playing Erica Kane on All My Children for over four decades — opened up about her heart disease incident on Good Morning America. “I was actually in a boutique,” Lucci told GMA’s Amy Robach. “And I suddenly felt what I had heard someone on a TV interview years ago, a woman says that she, leading up to a heart attack, had felt like an elephant was pressing on her chest.”

Lucci — who has been married to her husband, Helmut Huber, since 1969 — has revealed that her cardiac blockages were due to genetics, not her diet, which has always been healthy. “This was a DNA,” Lucci told Us March 14. “My dad, my wonderful dad gave me more apparently than his Italian coloring! He had calcium deposits in his arteries.” Lucci added that her family had assumed she was more aligned, healthwise, with her mom. “Because I never had any health issues, my whole family, we all thought I had all my mother’s genes, and it turns out that I got my dad’s heart genes.”

Now, however, everything is back to normal. “I’m feeling wonderful Opens a New Window. . Thank you. I got very lucky. I’ve been in very good hands and I avoided a terrible thing and I’m so lucky to have managed that. I have great doctors and great people around me!”

Abigail Spencer on Grey's Anatomy 4/4/19

(3/19/19) “The Whole Package” – Owen and Teddy have to deal with the surprise arrival of Megan Hunt, who knows nothing about their situation. Catherine preps for her first surgery back on a war veteran who’s not emotionally prepared for his procedure. Meredith worries about DeLuca operating alone with Richard on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, APRIL 4 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce, Kim Raver as Teddy Altman and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.

Guest starring is Debbie Allen as Catherine Fox, Greg Germann as Tom Koracick, Abigail Spencer as Megan Hunt, Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt, Chris Carmack as Atticus “Link” Lincoln and Jaicy Elliot as Taryn Helm.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 3/11/19 - Could AMC & OLTL Be Returning?

(3/12/19) Could AMC & OLTL Be Returning? (Listen / download) With rumors flying that “there are talks” about the possibility of All My Children and One Life To Live returning, Richard and Charlie -- hosts of the Soaps In Depth Podcast -- discuss what the latest reboot might look like. Plus, they look at primetime soaps like Dynasty and The Haves & The Have Nots to figure out what their daytime counterparts might "borrow" from them. All this and more on this week's episode of the Soaps In Depth Podcast.

‘Until The Wedding’: Michael Stahl-David, Trent Garrett, Liza Colon-Zayas Among 6 Cast In ABC Drama Pilot

(3/12/19) Michael David-Stahl (The Deuce, Chambers), Trent Garrett (Andi Mack, Here and Now), Liza Colon-Zayas (David Makes Man,Titans), Juani Feliz (Shades of Blue, Blue Bloods), Vered Blonstein (The Good Doctor) and Michael Benjamin Washington (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock) are set as series regulars opposite E.J. Bonilla, Olivia Thirlby and Britt Lower in ABC’s Until the Wedding, a romantic drama pilot from writer Becky Mode (Smash), producers Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly (Elementary, SEAL Team), Alon Aranya (Betrayal, Hostages), Israel’s Reshet Media and ABC Studios.

The original series, created by Avner Bernheimer and Anat Weizman and produced by Ami Amir’s Matar Productions, aired on Israel’s Reshet 13.

Based on the Israeli series of the same name (Ad Hatuna in Hebrew), Until the Wedding is the story of how one couple’s decision to get married can affect everyone in their lives. The show will explore the intimate relationships of a group of friends/family as Adrienne (Thirlby) and Danny (Bonilla) are forced to reckon with their own romantic lives and come to terms with the realities of love and marriage.

Stahl-David is Will, Adrienne’s (Thirlby) ex and an incredible surgeon. Garrett is Nick. Colon-Zayas is Nancy, Danny (Bonilla) and Laura’s (Thirlby) mother. Feliz plays Isabel. Bronstein is Laura, Danny’s (Bonilla) sister. Washington is Sam, Miles’ (TBD) husband.

Mode is executive producing the adaptation with Susannah Grant who also directs, Timberman and Beverly via Timberman-Beverly Prods.; Aranya via his new production company, Paper Plane Productions; and Bernheimer & Weizman as well as Avi Zvi of Reshet Media, which holds the format rights.

Stahl-David is repped by ICM Partners and Green Light Management. Colon-Zayas is represented by Stewart Talent. Garrett is repped by JR Talent Group. Feliz is repped by Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates and Brookside Artist Management. Blonstein is repped by Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates. Washington is repped by WME.

Chrishell Hartley Stars in SELLING SUNSET

(3/11/19) Soap fans have been enjoying her return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Jordan Ridgeway, but actress Chrishell Hartley is also going to be starring in the new Netflix reality series SELLING SUNSET, premiering on Friday, March 22! “I had my work cut out for me in this group,” she tweeted.

In addition to her acting career which has also included roles as Amanda on ABC sudser ALL MY CHILDREN and Bethany on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Hartley also works as a realtor associate for The Oppenheim Group. And now everyone can watch her take on her new career in SELLING SUNSET. Jason and Brett Oppenhim are twin brothers who run a high-end real estate agency that sells incredibly luxurious homes to wealthy buyers in Los Angeles. And when they hire Hartley to join their staff, the other women don’t react very well to the newcomer, and that's putting it mildly. Take a look at this trailer for a taste of the drama to come!

Although Netflix hasn’t revealed exactly how many episodes there will be in the series, you’ll be able to binge all of them beginning on Friday, March 22, when SELLING SUNSET premieres. And hopefully Hartley will manage to find her place among the cutthroat agents she’s working with! (Although given that she’s still an agent for The Oppenheim Group, we’re guessing they eventually come to an understanding? Hopefully?)

The Sinner: Matt Bomer Set as Season 3 Headliner, Clearing Way for Official Renewal at USA Network

(3/7/19) White Collar vet Matt Bomer is headed back to USA Network via a starring role in The Sinner‘s just-ordered third season, TVLine has learned. Bomer follows in the footsteps of Jessica Biel and Carrie Coon, who headlined Seasons 1 and 2 of the anthology-esque crime drama, respectively.

Season 3 of The Sinner follows Detective Harry Ambrose (returning series regular Bill Pullman) as he begins what appears to be a routine investigation of a tragic car accident in upstate New York. However, Ambrose eventually “uncovers a hidden crime that pulls him into the most dangerous and disturbing case of his career,” per the official logline.

Bomer, who can currently be heard and (sometimes) seen in DC Universe’s Doom Patrol, will play Jamie, an upstanding (i.e. white collar?!) local resident and expectant father who looks to Ambrose for support in the wake of the aforementioned accident.

Derek Simonds is back as Sinner‘s showrunner and will serve as an EP alongside Biel, Michelle Purple, Charlie Gogolak, Willie Reale and Adam Bernstein.

Finn Wittrock & Josh Peck Pic ‘Locating Silver Lake’ Hits Digital This Month

(3/5/19) Eric Bilitch’s coming of age film, Locating Silver Lake from Gunpowder & Sky will hit all digital platforms including iTunes on March 22.

The Josh Peck and Finn Wittrock feature made its world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival and its International premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival and went on to play the Newport Beach Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, and many others.

Locating Silver Lake follows recent college grad Daniel (Josh Peck), a brokenhearted aspiring writer, without a dime or connections, who heads to Los Angeles in the hopes of a new beginning. He quickly gets immersed into two very different worlds – one young, provocative and alluring; the other rooted in diversity, community and loyalty – both with their own unique appeals, advantages and dangers. Through his new experiences, he realizes who he is and where he belongs.

Aubrey Peeples, Amaury Nolasco, Valerie Cruz, Zelda Williams, and Robbie A. Kay also star. Deborah Del Prete (The Wedding Planner, Ender’s Game) of Coronet Films produced. EPs include financier Visionary Media Group Ron Zamber and David Polemeni along with Doug Bilitch, Eric Bilitch, Monica Raymund and Wittrock. Wittrock is repped by CAA, Weissenbach Management and Relevant. Peck is represented by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment. Bilitch is represented by Cohesive Entertainment Group.

Abigail Spencer Returning to Grey's as Megan — Will Nathan Be Joining Her?

(3/5/19) Grey’s Anatomy is getting a blast from its recent past later this season when Abigail Spencer reprises her role as Owen’s younger sister Megan Hunt.

An ABC rep confirms to TVLine that the Timeless actress will appear in a spring episode of the ABC medical drama. Plot details are being kept under lock and key, but this much we can share: Megan’s main squeeze Nathan (played by former cast member Martin Henderson) will not be joining her back in Seattle.

Spencer assumed the role of the previously-MIA Megan from Bridget Regan at the start of Season 14, and went on to appear in five episodes. In her final episode (which aired in October 2017), Megan relocated to Los Angeles with fiancé Nathan and her son Farouk.

Spencer broke news of her return engagement Tuesday on social media.

Jon Lindstrom Reveals How He Fell in Love With Wife Cady McClain

(3/4/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The real-life love story between GENERAL HOSPITAL star Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) and ALL MY CHILDREN’s Cady McClain (Dixie) didn’t start simply because their AS THE WORLD TURNS characters, Craig and Rosanna, were paired together on the CBS sudser back in 2002. “It didn’t hurt that we were playing characters that were falling in love,” he conceded to Soaps In Depth with a smile. “But that’s not necessarily how it happened.”

What happened was actually as New York as can be: The castmates fell for each other during their daily commutes from work! “ATWT shot on a stage way out in the middle of Brooklyn, and Cady and I both lived in Manhattan,” he explained. “We would finish our scenes and be done around the same time, so we often ended up taking the hour-long train ride back to Manhattan together and got to know each other that way. We got to be very very good friends before anything else transpired.” In other words, it wasn’t love at first sight — or first love scene! “Not at all,” Lindstrom said. “I just realized I’d met this really amazing person... who was hugely intelligent and creative.”

One of the biggest thrills for Lindstrom in falling for McClain and marrying her in 2014 has been seeing her blossom as a director, producer, writer, artist and activist. The Daytime Emmy winner has earned film-festival awards across the country for projects like her short, Butterflies, and her documentary, Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct. “People have asked me if I ever expected Cady to do something like this, Lindstrom confided. “Yeah, of course! That’s who she is. If she needs to learn it, she will master it and get it done. That’s my wife. It’s pretty cool!”

And Lindstrom, an award-winning filmmaker in his own right, is still keen to work with his leading lady anytime. In fact, after McClain directed him in the series, SWITCH, last summer, she pulled out one of his old scripts. “She said, ‘I think this is going to be timely,’” recounted Lindstrom. “And when Cady says something’s going to be timely, I listen! It’s like real estate. If she says a building is a good investment, I listen. She has incredibly good instincts for things like that. So we pulled that script out, and I’m getting some very good feedback on it. It turns out she’s right! It is very timely. I expect to direct it... I just don’t know when.”

On His Birthday, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard Shares a Heartfelt Message to You

(3/4/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) (Photo) Normally on someone’s birthday, they receive special messages from their friends and loved ones, but GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) decided to switch it up this year, expressing his heartfelt appreciation to everyone on his March 1 birthday! “I didn’t know what I was gonna do,” he said of the Instagram video he planned to post on his big day. “Maybe sing? ‘Happy birthday to me…’ Nah, I’m not doing that. I didn’t know if I was gonna put a cool picture out or a fun video with the goats… but I’ve done that a lot. I love my goats.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everybody,” Benard continued. “To my mother and father, my wife, my kids, my friends for their support. This has been an incredible year. And it’s not over… it’s just starting! But I’m so thankful and grateful. And I want to say that we all gotta love each other. Love makes the world go round. I know it doesn’t seem that way right now, but it is the truth. Alright, thank you. Bye.”

That’s not to say that others didn’t have birthday wishes for Benard. His daughter, Cailey, shared some vintage family photos of her pop with her own loving message. “Talented + handsome + determined + strong + family man + hilarious = My Daddy. Happy birthday to the #GOAT and best dad you could ever want.” GOAT stands for “Greatest of All Time” and if you swipe through the photos she posted, you’ll see why she believes that with all her heart. That last pic is a doozy!

Please join us in sending birthday wishes to Benard on his special day — hope it’s a great one!

Susan Lucci dines in hotel where she first met her husband

(3/3/19) Susan Lucci was overheard at the Red Salt Room restaurant at Long Island’s Garden City Hotel chatting about how she met her husband of 49 years, Helmut Huber, at the same spot.

We’re told the couple met at the hotel when soap opera icon Lucci worked as a waitress and Huber was the executive chef.

He proposed three months later, and they married in 1969.

They have two kids.

Meanwhile, Lucci is working on a project for the Hallmark Channel.

The Dr. Oz Show - March 1, 2019

(3/1/19) Susan Lucci Reveals the Emergency Heart Surgery That Saved Her Life

Airing Mar 01, 2019

Actress Susan Lucci opens up about the symptoms she experienced that led her to discover her hidden heart condition; CBD oil is all the rage, but consumers may be duped by fake products.

Soap Alum To Appear On MILLIONAIRE

(2/25/19) ALL MY CHILDREN’s Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan) will appear for his second time on ABC’s WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE on Tuesday, February 26. The actor will be playing for a charity close to his heart, The Legg Calve Perthes Foundation, a rare disease he suffered as a child. Check your local listings.

Dishing with Digest - 2/22/19 - Emme Rylan

(2/22/19) Emme Rylan On Why She Loves Playing GH’s Lulu (Listen / download).

GH’s Emme Rylan dishes Lulu’s current tale, Dominic Zamprogna’s return as Dante, working with Genie Francis (Laura) and Anthony Geary (ex-Luke) and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we discuss the latest casting news, and whether AMC and ONE LIFE will return to TV.

Michael B. Jordan Circles Denzel Washington-Directed ‘Journal For Jordan’

(2/22/19) Michael B. Jordan is in talks to star in Journal for Jordan, Sony Pictures’ adaptation of Pulitzer-winning journalist Dana Cadendy’s bestselling memoir that will be directed by Denzel Washington. Oscar-nominated Mudbound scribe Virgil Williams penned the script. Jordan will also produce this via his Outlier Society production company.

The 2008 book tells of Canedy’s love affair with First Sgt. Charles Monroe King, who kept a journal of life lessons for their newborn son Jordan while deployed overseas. He was killed in Iraq in 2006 when Jordan was 7 months old, but his spirit lives on in his writings to Dana and Jordan.

Sony tapped Williams for the gig a year ago. It will be Washington’s next helming effort after Paramount’s Fences, which scored four Oscard noms in 2017. Like that pic, Journal for Jordan is being produced by Washington and Escape Artists’ Todd Black along with Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch.

Jordan most recently starred in Creed 2 and Oscar Best Picture nominee Black Panther.

Michael B. Jordan Launches Outlier Fellowship Intern & Mentor Program For Underrepresented Youth

(2/20/19) Michael B. Jordan and his Outlier Society production company continue to make waves and set the bar in the industry when it comes to advocacy and representation. It is launching the Outlier Fellowship, an initiative he announced Wednesday during the Obama Foundation’s MBK Rising!, a national event in Oakland that gathers My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance leaders, practitioners, and youth who are working to help young men of color achieve their dreams.

The initiative, which comes during Black History Month, is an internship and mentorship program providing access, opportunity and community to underrepresented young people entering media, arts and entertainment. The Obama Foundation and MBK share Jordan’s mission of uplifting young people of color and will offer the first pipeline of candidates for the fellowship and help create a safe and supportive community as Outlier Fellows spread across the nation. The fellowship will draw high school and college students from underrepresented communities for a summer internship program that combines immersive work experience and mentorship/networking opportunities from leaders in the arts and entertainment community including Jordan himself.

The announcement of this news is even more meaningful considering Jordan’s connection to Oakland. His relationship with the city runs deep as he starred in Bay Area native Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, which was based on the heartbreaking story of Oscar Grant, a young black man from Oakland whose death at the hands of a police officer was captured on video and sparked a modern movement to empower and protect young black men.

Coogler joined Jordan onstage at the event for the closing conversation, “Changing the Narrative: The Story We Tell, and Who Tells the Story,” about the impact of media on boys and young men of color, the importance of inclusivity and representation in storytelling in all forms, and how to help our boys and young men adopt a positive narrative about their abilities and be responsible for telling their own stories.

“Since Fruitvale Station, it’s been a dream of mine to use every opportunity I have to create pathways of success for young people,” says Jordan. “Outlier Fellows is a chance to find and cultivate a purposeful pipeline of talented and diverse minds from the next generation — the voices who will shape our community for years to come. Pulling up a seat to the table for the next group of cultural leaders is the greatest investment we can make as a community.”

Jordan and Outlier Society Productions aren’t just talking about inclusivity in Hollywood, they are taking action. It also was was one of the first to step up and publicly adopt the much buzzed about inclusion rider to tell stories rooted in underrepresented and culturally significant spaces.

The Black Panther star and his production banner have been making moves in 2019. In January, it was announced that Warner Bros made a first-look deal with Jordan and Outlier. Shortly after, they inked a first-look TV series deal with Amazon Studios for original series.

More Oscar Presenters: Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Elsie Fisher, Michael Keaton Among Additions

(2/20/19) The producers of Sunday’s Oscars have been mostly mum on plans in a wild year, but on Tuesday they unveiled the latest list of presenters: Elsie Fisher, Danai Gurira, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Keaton, Helen Mirren, John Mulaney, Tyler Perry, Pharrell Williams, Krysten Ritter, Paul Rudd and Michelle Yeoh are joining the live ceremony on ABC.

Susan Lucci on Her Recent Runway Fall: 'I Twirled Myself Right Off My Feet in Excitement'

(2/14/19) You can’t keep a good woman down!

Susan Lucci opened up about the exhilarating emotion that caused her to fall onto her backside at the American Heart Association Runway on Feb. 7 at New York Fashion Week‘s annual Go Red For Women Red Dress fashion show.

“I was asked to twirl and the dress lent itself to twirling but unfortunately I twirled myself right off my feet in my excitement,” Lucci told PEOPLE exclusively at the Woman’s Day 16th Red Dress Awards on Tuesday night at the Lincoln Center in N.Y.C.

What was the 72-year-old thinking last week as she fell while modeling a Rubin Singer ballgown at the event? “I felt ridiculous and all that went through my mind is you have to get up now, get up!” Lucci said.

The actress gracefully handled the tumble this past Thursday night by laughing before returning to her feet and walking down the rest of her catwalk.

The resilient national volunteer told PEOPLE that the runway snafu will not prevent her from future catwalk spins because she’s mastered the technique. “I’ve learned that when you twirl, you still have to walk backwards to be careful not to catch your heel on the back of your hem as you’re walking the other way,” Lucci said.

The 41-year veteran of All My Children is using her voice to raise awareness as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign. Following her emergency heart surgery in October, the legendary soap opera star revealed two stents were inserted into her arteries to increase blood flow back to her heart.

“I’m not a nurse or anyone who can help in any real way,” she told PEOPLE, fighting back tears. “This is the way I can help. I can tell my story. Everyone’s symptoms are different but I felt compelled to share mine. Even if it’s one person I help. That is someone’s life.”

NAACP Image Awards Nominees

(2/13/19) 50th NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of TV, music, literature and film will be unveiled March 30 at the Dolby Theatre in a ceremony that will air live on TV One.

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
Michael B Jordan – Creed II (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios)
Denzel Washington – The Equalizer 2 (Columbia Pictures)
John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)
Stephan James – If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Brian Tyree Henry – If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
Mahershala Ali – Green Book (Universal Pictures, Participant Media, DreamWorks)
Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
Russell Hornsby – The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox)
Winston Duke – Black Panther (Marvel Studios)

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
Black Panther (Marvel Studios)
BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)
Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox)
Widows (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Jay Ellis, Insecure (HBO)
John David Washington, Ballers (HBO)
Laurence Fishburne, black-ish (ABC)
Marcus Scribner, black-ish (ABC)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
Michael B. Jordan, Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)
Russell Hornsby, Seven Seconds (Netflix)
Woody McClain, The Bobby Brown Story (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover – Atlanta – FUBU (FX Networks)
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin – Chapter Seventy-Four (CW)
Hiro Murai – Atlanta – Teddy Perkins (FX Networks)
Ken Whittingham – Atypical – “Ernest Shackleton’s Rules for Survival” (Netflix)
Millicent Shelton – Insecure – High-Like (HBO).

Melissa Leo, Jessica Collins, thirtysomething Alums and More Join Netflix's Dolly Parton Anthology

(2/12/19) Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings will get a tug from Bellamy Young (Scandal) and Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest), among many other TV stars, later this year.

Netflix’s Parton-centric anthology series — which will use music from the country legend’s songbook to inspire the plot of each episode — has recruited more than a dozen actors to appear in newly announced standalone installments.

The roster also includes thirtysomething alumni Patricia Wettig and Timothy Busfield (who will reunite in the episode titled “Sugar Hill”), The Practice‘s Camryn Manheim, The Americans‘ Holly Taylor and Oscar winner Melissa Leo.

Though character details have not been revealed for the new cast members, Netflix has provided episode titles and synopses, which you can view below.

“Cracker Jack”
Cast: Sarah Shahi, Rochelle Aytes, Jessica Collins, Tammy Lynn Michaels
Two stories — one past, one present — about the power of unconditional love between a girl and her dog, and that same girl, now grown, who questions what her life means and who she can truly count on when faced with her greatest fear.

“Sugar Hill”
Cast: Patricia Wettig, Timothy Busfield, Virginia Gardner, Tom Brittney
A married couple in their twilight embarks on a road trip back to the place where they first fell in love, along the way revisiting the history of their love story.

“Down From Dover”
Cast: Holly Taylor, Shane McGhie, Robert Taylor, Bellamy Young, Camryn Manheim, Mary Lane Haskell
After being shunned by her pious widowed father, a pregnant teenager finds support at a home for unwed mothers, where she hopes for the safe return, of the young man she loves, from the Vietnam War.

“Two Doors Down”
Cast: Melissa Leo, Ray McKinnon, Andy Mientus, Katie Stevens, Michael Willett
A family’s lifetime of secrets comes bursting out during a chaotic and comedic New Year’s Eve wedding weekend. Will they make it to witness the “I do’s” without killing one another?

Previously announced stars include Once Upon a Time‘s Ginnifer Goodwin (in an episode based on “These Old Bones”) and Grease: Live‘s Julianne Hough, who will fill the title role in an episode inspired by “Jolene.”

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings will premiere sometime in 2019.

Abigail Spencer's Femme Fatale Drama Reprisal Gets Series Order at Hulu

(2/12/19) Hulu on Monday greenlit two very different series about two very different kind of women.

As announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, the streamer’s new series orders include Reprisal, a hyper-kinetic revenge tale that follows a relentless femme fatale (Timeless‘ Abigail Spencer) who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gear heads.

Created, written and exec-produced by Josh Corbin (Crackle’s StartUp), Reprisal also stars Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld), Mena Massoud (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan), Madison Davenport (Sharp Objects), Rhys Wakefield (True Detective Season 3), David Dastmalchian (MacGyver), W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) and Gilbert Owuor (Goliath). Hulu’s other series order is for The Great, a genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th Century Russia that chronicles the wildly comic rise of Catherine the Nothing (played by Elle Fanning) to Catherine the Great. Nicholas Hoult (X-Men this and that), Phoebe Fox (Close to the Enemy), Adam Godley (Lodge 49), Gwilym Lee (Jamestown), Charity Wakefield (The Player), Douglas Hodge (Catastrophe) and Sacha Dhawan (Iron Fist) also star.

Obba Babatunde In ‘Miss Havisham’

(2/12/19) Obba Babatunde (Dear White People), Ella Joyce (Set it Off), and Wesley Jonathan (The Soul Man) have joined indie drama Miss Havisham Effect, which stars Rochelle Aytes and Brian White. Directed by Leila Djansi, the Lawren Henderson-written screenplay deals with Aytes’ real-life account of the long-term damage caused by a drug addict father and the toll it takes on a family. Aytes, White, and Ryan Daly from Zero Gravity Management are producing the project. Lou Ariola, Jenny Alonzo, Dave Ross, and Taryn Sims serve as exec producers. Babatunde is repped by Stone Manners Salners; Joyce by Arthur Toretzky and Landmark Artists Management; Jonathan by Innovative Artists & Marsh Entertainment.

Josh Duhamel, Matt Lanter, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels and More to Star in Netflix Superhero Drama Jupiter's Legacy

(2/12/19) Jupiter’s Legacy is likely to be a lasting one, given the sheer amount of star power in the Netflix superhero series’ cast. Josh Duhamel (11.22.63), Ben Daniels (The Exorcist), Leslie Bibb (American Housewife) and Matt Lanter (Timeless) are among the actors who’ve joined the upcoming comic-book adaptation, TVLine has learned.

Jupiter’s Legacy is based on the 2013 comic written by Mark Millar and drawn by Frank Quitely. Per the official logline, the series “follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s. Now, in present day, they are the revered older guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.” Read on for character details, straight from the official descriptions:

* Duhamel will play Sheldon Sampson/The Utopian, the leader of the storied superhero team The Union. But times have changed, and he doesn’t understand the world we live in anymore. Or his own family.

* Daniels will play Walter Sampson/Brain-Wave, Sheldon’s older brother. A man of vast intellect and cunning who, unlike Sheldon, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Or bloody.

* Bibb will play Grace Sampson/Lady Liberty, Sheldon’s wife and one of the most powerful heroes on the planet. She doesn’t always agree with Sheldon, but strives to balance his ideals with the reality of the modern, often violent, world they live in.

* Lanter will play George Hutchence/Skyfox, who was Sheldon Sampson’s closest friend and ally before turning against him and the rest of his teammates in The Union. Now considered the greatest supervillain in the world, George plots his revenge on the teammates he believes betrayed him.

* Elena Kampouris (American Odyssey) will play Chloe Sampson, Grace and Sheldon’s daughter. Rejecting everything her parents stand for, Chloe has forged her own hedonistic path far away from them — a path that threatens to go against everything her parents have sworn to protect.

* Newcomer Andrew Horton will play Brandon Sampson, Grace and Sheldon’s son. In training to assume the mantle of The Utopian and become the new leader of The Union, he struggles to live up to his father’s mythic legend.

* Mike Wade (For the People) will play Fitz Small/The Flare, the heart and soul of The Union. Despite suffering injuries that ended his career as a superhero, he continues to be one of the most valued members of the team, and is often the only thing holding them together in the face of an increasingly hostile world.

In July 2018, Netflix announced plans to adapt Jupiter’s Legacy and American Jesus, a Spanish-English drama about a 12-year-old boy who discovers he’s returned as Jesus Christ.

Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel’s Daredevil) will executive-produce Jupiter’s Legacy alongside Milar, Quitely, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott. DeKnight, who will serve as showrunner, also will write and direct the first episode.

Watch the ALL MY CHILDREN Reunion on STRAHAN & SARA!

(2/12/19) Viewers haven’t been able to visit Pine Valley since 2013, but some beloved residents were back on TV when stars from ALL MY CHILDREN reunited for special segment of STRAHAN & SARA, the third hour of GOOD MORNING AMERICA (previously known as GMA DAY)! On Feb. 11, hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines welcomed Susan Lucci (Erica), Jacob Young (JR), Cady McClain (Dixie), Walt Willey (Jack), and Jill Larson (Opal). to reminisce about their days on the soap.

The actors were obviously all thrilled to see each other again, and the hosts brought up Lucci's recent heart attack scare that thankfully she has fully recovered from. To then lighten the mood, Haines challenged the actress to name all of Erica's many husbands! “Oh, let me see," Lucci mused. "Erica Kane Martin Brent Cudahy Chandler Roy Roy Montgomery Montgomery Marrick… this gets dicey towards the end. Marick Marick, there’s another Montgomery and then there was gonna be another Montgomery!”

(Video) The former daytime stars all filled their fans in on what they were up to now, and in the end, Strahan and Haines brought out some of their crew members, who had also worked on AMC back in the day, and everyone was reunited!

(Video) Then they had the actors recreate two memorable scenes from AMC. First up was Lucci and Willey performing Erica telling Jackson she wants to be with him but doesn’t want to rush into a wedding. After he walks off, things take an unexpected turn as the stars give the fans the ending to the scene they’d always wanted. Then McClain and Young re-enacted Dixie dying in JR’s arms, although they weren’t quite able to keep straight faces during the scene!

The last time the stars of AMC reunited was back in February of 2017 when a bevy of actors from the ABC soap’s storied history appeared on Hallmark Channel’s HOME AND FAMILY to reminisce about the much-missed daytime drama. And in October, 2018, Lucci and Eva LaRue (Maria) joined their former co-star, Kelly Ripa (Hayley) and Ryan Seacrest to appear in a “reboot” spoof for the Halloween episode of LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN.

Melissa Claire Egan Stars in the New Movie 'Holiday for Heroes'

(2/10/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) It may be almost Valentine’s Day but it’s still winter, so what better time to think about Christmas movies? Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is starring in the upcoming Hallmark Christmas movie, Holiday for Heroes. “So excited I can announce this now!” she tweeted when the news broke. “It’s Christmas in February! So excited to be shooting Holiday for Heroes. And this guy’s pretty rad, too.”
  • The guy she’s referring to is her co-star in the seasonal romance, actor Marc Blucas, as she shared an on-set photo of them looking all ready to open some Christmas presents. While details regarding the film are still scarce, according to a report in Entertainment Weekly, Holiday for Heroes revolves around Egan exchanging letters with a soldier (Blucas) for a year before their worlds collide... and no doubt romance ensues!
  • Daytime fans first fell in love with Egan when she played Annie Lavery on ABC sudser ALL MY CHILDREN from 2006-11. She then joined the cast of Y&R as Chelsea Lawson, where she remained until 2018. So fans who have missed seeing her on their TV screens can look forward to seeing her in this romantic new movie. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be premiering on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel until probably November at the earliest!
  • Don’t worry — we’ll keep updating you as more information is released, including an air date.

    Susan Lucci takes a tumble on American Heart Association runway

    (2/8/19) (Photo1, Photo2) Whoops.

    On Thursday night, Susan Lucci walked the runway for the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection fashion show. However, the 72-year-old actress didn’t make it all the way.

    The soap opera star tripped and fell in the middle of her walk. However, she picked up her voluminous strapless gown by Rubin Singer, got back up and handled it with aplomb.

    Lucci is a national volunteer and spokesperson for the Heart Association’s campaign, and just before the show revealed that she underwent emergency heart surgery this past fall. When she finally went to the emergency room after feeling extreme pressure in her chest, doctors discovered she had a 90 percent blockage in the heart’s main artery — a condition often labeled “the widow maker.” There was also a 70 percent blockage in another branch of the heart.

    “We often put ourselves on the back burner,” Lucci said. “But if your body is telling you something, we need to pay attention.”

    Other celebrities who joined Lucci on the runway include Kylie Jenner BFF Jordyn Woods, singer Becky G, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Dorit Kemsley and gymnast Laurie Hernandez.

    Don't Miss the ALL MY CHILDREN Reunion on STRAHAN & SARA!

    (2/8/19) Viewers haven’t been able to visit Pine Valley since 2013, but some old friends are going to be back on TV when stars from ALL MY CHILDREN reunite for special segment of STRAHAN & SARA, the third hour of GOOD MORNING AMERICA (previously known as GMA DAY)! On Monday, Feb. 11, hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines will welcome Susan Lucci (Erica), Jacob Young (JR), Cady McClain (Dixie), Walt Willey (Jack), and Jill Larson (Opal). Plus, as Willey himself tweeted: “and who knows who else? Don’t miss this!” McClain was excited to see Young again. “My son!” she joked. “Can’t wait to see ya!”

    The last time the stars of AMC reunited was back in February of 2017 when a bevy of actors from the ABC soap’s storied history appeared on Hallmark Channel’s HOME AND FAMILY to reminisce about the much-missed daytime drama. And in October, 2018, Lucci and Eva LaRue (Maria) joined their former co-star, Kelly Ripa (Hayley) and Ryan Seacrest to appear in a “reboot” spoof for the Halloween episode of LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN.

    STRAHAN & SARA airs weekdays at 1 p.m. ET on ABC, so be sure to tune in and watch these stars get back together and talk about their days in Pine Valley as well as what they’ve been up to lately. And as Willey said, you never know who else might show up to join them, so make sure your DVR is set!

    Susan Lucci's Emergency Heart Procedure: 'I Feel Lucky To Be Alive'

    (2/7/19) (people.com) The first time Susan Lucci felt a tightness in her chest last fall, she thought maybe she was just tired. “I told myself, it’s nothing, it will go away,” says the 72-year-old soap opera legend. “And it did.”

    About 10 days later, she felt it again, “radiating around my rib cage,” she says. “I thought maybe I had fastened my bra too tightly.”

    The third time was Oct. 23 — was different. On that day, while shopping at the Tory Burch boutique in Manhasset, Long Island, she says, “It felt like an elephant pressing down on my chest.”

    After Lucci sat down to catch her breath, the store manager quietly offered to drive her to nearby St. Francis Hospital. On the way, she called the hospital’s Head of Cardiology, Dr. Richard Shlofmitz, who told her to meet him in the ER.

    There, she underwent a CT scan which revealed 90 percent blockage in the heart’s main artery, often called “the widow maker,” and 70 percent blockage in another branch. Dr. Shlofmitz inserted two stents into her arteries to increase blood flow back to the heart.

    “Ninety percent blockage — I was shocked,” Lucci tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I’m lucky to be alive.”

    Indeed, says her cardiologist Holly Andersen, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center: “Had she gone home, that 90 percent blockage could have become 100 percent and she could have suffered a significant heart attack or even sudden death.”

    Now Lucci, who starred as Erica Kane for 41 years on All My Children, wants to help others by sharing her story. “I’m not a nurse or anyone who can help in any real way,” she says fighting back tears. “This is the way I can help. I can tell my story. Everyone’s symptoms are different but I felt compelled to share mine. Even if it’s one person I help. That is someone’s life.”

    In so doing, Lucci — who strictly adheres to her Pilates regime and heart-healthy Mediterranean diet of fruits, vegetables and protein — is shattering the stereotype of who is at risk for heart disease.

    “As a woman you think about breast cancer, not a heart attack,” says Lucci. “Every EKG I had was great. My blood pressure was on the lower end of normal.”

    But as it turns out, Lucci was at risk due to her family history of heart disease. Her dad, Victor Lucci, had a heart attack in his late forties. As Dr. Andersen explains: “Her risk was due to her father’s arteriosclerosis, a condition that causes plaque buildup, which can cause blockage and hardening (or calcification) of the arteries.”

    As Lucci has learned, heart disease kills one out of three women — approximately 400,000 women a year, according to the America Heart Association.

    Now as a national volunteer and spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, Lucci is using her heart and her voice to raise awareness. “We often put ourselves on the back burner. But if your body is telling you something, we need to pay attention.”

    And by doing so, her doctors say, she saved her life. “The key thing Susan did was to seek help when she had symptoms, rather than think it would go away,” says Dr. Shlofmitz.

    Happily, he notes, “She has no damage. Her heart is pumping as good as when she was born.”

    “Susan telling her story will save lives,” notes her cardiologist Dr. Andersen, who adds, “Everyone should know how to save a life with Hands Only CPR. It takes only one minute to learn at HandsOnly.org.”

    For more on Susan Lucci’s health journey, pick up this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday.

    Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society & Warner Bros Take Film Rights To Novel ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’

    (2/7/19) In the first acquisition since announcing their first-look deal, Warner Bros and Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society have acquired films rights to Marlon James’ new fantasy epic novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf.

    Based in African mythology, Black Leopard, Red Wolf follows Tracker, who has a keen sense of smell. He’s hired to find a missing child against a backdrop of competing kingdoms and violent political upheaval. The story touts a wild cast of characters including a witch, a shape-shifting leopard, a murderous hyena, and conjoined twins. It’s the first book in James’ Dark Star Trilogy where African myth, fantasy and history come together.

    James will remain an EP on the project. Anonymous Content and Ellen Levine of Trident Media Group brokered the deal. The Riverhead Books novel hit shelves Tuesday.

    James is the Booker Prize-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice.

    Jordan founded Outlier Society in 2016 with a focus on bringing eclectic and inclusive, diverse stories and voices to the market. It’s one of the first companies to publicly adopt the inclusion rider. Under the helm of production president Alana Mayo, Outlier Society has co-produced the Emmy-nominated HBO Films adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, which netted Jordan a Producers Guild Award.

    Their forthcoming projects include WWII action drama The Liberators, the anime-style 3D series gen:LOCK, the sci-fi hourlong series Raising Dion, and the OWN drama series David Makes Man from Oscar-winning Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney.

    Susan Lucci To Appear At The Red Dress Awards

    (2/6/19) Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson will be the headlining performer at Women’s Day magazine’s 16th annual Red Dress Awards, taking place Tuesday, February 12, at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. The awards celebrate people and companies who encourage American women to work toward having healthier hearts.

    Billy Joel‘s daughter Alexa Ray Joel also will perform at the event, which will be hosted by comedian, actress and author Ali Wentworth. Longtime All My Children star Susan Lucci also will make a special appearance.

    Among this year’s Red Dress Awards honorees are Oscar-winning actress Angela Bassett, Grey’s Anatomy star and director Chandra Wilson, and Girl Trek, a nonprofit public-health organization that brings African-American women to walk through their communities working on solving local issues.

    The ceremony also will be attended by the five participants in the sixth annual Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger Challenge, which encourages women to lose weight and eat healthier.

    Ann Wilson, who continues to support her 2018 solo album, Immortal, currently has no upcoming tour dates on her 2019 itinerary. As previously reported, the record is a covers collection paying tribute to various artists who died over the past several years, including David Bowie, Tom Petty, The Eagles‘ Glenn Frey, Cream‘s Jack Bruce, George Michael, and Chris Cornell.

    Morning Show Appearance

    (2/5/19) Good Morning America – ABC

    Wednesday, Feb. 6 – Amy Robach sits down with actress Susan Lucci

    Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier & Amazon Ink First Look Deal For Original Series

    (2/5/19) No word yet how fast the end products will be delivered, but Michael B. Jordan is going into business with Amazon.

    Just weeks after signing a feature first look deal with Warner Bros, The Black Panther and Creed star’s Outlier Society Productions has now strategically inked a first look TV series deal with the Jennifer Salke run Amazon Studios for original series.

    Putting its morals where its money is, the deal is set not only to bring new series to the Jeff Bezos created streamer but also to enlarge the franchise, literally and figuratively. All projects between Jordan’s Outlier and Amazon will have an inclusion rider. This increasingly and thankfully more and more incrementally familer state of affairs in the industry mandates a specific level of diverse hiring on both sides of the camera for crew and cast.

    “It’s an exciting moment for Outlier Society,” Jordan said today in a statement of the deal with Amazon. “On behalf of myself and President of Production, Alana Mayo, we are thrilled to be entering into this partnership with Amazon Studios,” the EP of the upcoming OWN drama David Makes Man added. “In just a few short years they have become home to some of television’s most groundbreaking series and an extraordinary place for talent to create, with a cutting-edge business model that speaks to today’s audiences. Alongside the expert leadership at Amazon Studios, we can’t wait to unveil the fruits of this union.”

    Amazon are also pretty sweet on the union with one of Hollywood’s hottest talents. Jordan previously had a 2016 inked TV and film agreement with Skydance.

    “The key to Michael’s success, going back to the beginning of his career, has been his ability to elevate each role he has brought to life, often shattering stereotypes along the way,” Amazon Studio boss Salke, noted Monday “One of the reasons it’s so exciting to be in business with him, Alana and Outlier Society is because they are part of the new wave of creative talents emphasizing diversity both above and below the line, and using their success to empower others. We can’t wait to bring their vision to a global audience who is hungry for revolutionary, authentic content.”

    The announcement with Amazon comes one day before Jordan joins his fellow David Makes Man executive producer Oprah Winfrey at Times Square’s Playstation Theater for a sit-down one-on-one interview. The duo were supposed to be on stage at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend before last for a David Makes Man panel bit Ms. O had to beg off as moderator due to illness.

    The $200 a ticket sold out event on Tuesday will also feature A Star Is Born director and star Bradley Cooper, Melinda Gates and potential 2020 Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, as well as Jordan.

    Lawton’s star of the stage and screen, Candi Earley, dies at 68

    (2/4/18) Candice Earley Nolan left this life on Thursday, January 31, 2019, and slipped peacefully into Heaven while at home in her bed, surrounded by family after a brave, 8-year struggle with Multiple Systems Atrophy. She was born at Fort Hood, Texas, on August 18, 1950, the daughter of (Colonel, ret.) H.E. Earley and Jean Daily Earley. At a young age, her Father was transferred to Germany where she learned German in Kindergarten. Her Family was transferred to Ft. Sill, in Lawton, Oklahoma, when she was 5 years old.

    She was educated in the Lawton public schools, where she was an honor student, and was active in the theatre and arts programs. It was during these years that her 4-Octave coloratura soprano voice was developed and honed via voice lessons. She was selected Miss Lawton and was First Runner-up to Miss Oklahoma. She attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and from there left for San Francisco to begin her stage career. While there, she joined the Cast of Hair in 1969, and shortly was cast in the lead role of “Shelia”. From then on, and through all of her life, she was one of the proud and select members of the “Tribe”.

    At age 21, she moved to New York, and was a member of the Broadway “Tribe”. She was then cast as the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway. While eating lunch at Sardi’s, the Casting Director of ABC daytime television asked, “Who is that attractive mid-western looking type across the room?”. Shortly thereafter she was cast as “Donna” on All My Children, where she starred for 18 years. During this time on AMC, she continued her Broadway stage career playing the lead role of “Sandy” in Grease, and later played the role of “Nellie Forbush”, opposite Bob Goulet, in South Pacific. During her years in New York, she also starred in Summer Stock Productions of Oklahoma, Bells are Ringing, and Woman of the Year. While living in New York, she regularly returned to Lawton, which she considered “home”.

    On March 14, 1992, she married Robert C. Nolan. They met during an unplanned “kismet” moment 8 years earlier, by chance, on an airplane, and he immediately and forever fell under her spell. Prior to their marriage, Candi chose to retire from the screen and stage and move to El Dorado, Arkansas, where, in her words, she began the best role she had in her entire life. She brought enormous joy into his life, and his Family’s lives. All who knew her quickly fell under the charm, beauty, intelligence and sweetness of her being.

    She was a devout Episcopalian, and a lay-reader in her Church in New York. Her favorite hymn was “It is Well with My Soul”. Her headstone will proclaim the message.

    She was predeceased by her Father, Col. H.E. Earley, her Mother, Jean D. Earley, and brothers, Mike and Jack Earley. Left to mourn her passing are her husband, Robert C. Nolan, his children Rob, Justin, and Carrie, and their Families, sister-in-law, Lurlene Earley, niece, Rebecca Craven, and nephew, Dr. Wesley Earley, and their Families, and many, many friends in El Dorado, Arkansas, Lawton, Oklahoma, and New York. She will be desperately missed.

    Services will be announced by Young’s Funeral Directors.

    Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, El Dorado, AR or the John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado, AR.

    An online registry can be signed at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

    ‘You’: Ambyr Childers Upped To Series Regular For Season 2 On Netflix

    (2/3/19) Ambyr Childers, who recurred in the first season of You, has been promoted to series regular opposite Victoria Pedretti on the upcoming second season of the breakout hit psychological thriller on Netflix.

    Childers plays Candace, Joe’s ex-girlfriend. It really did not end well. He thought she was dead. Turns out, not so much. She’s alive, and feeling less than forgiving. She appeared in four episodes in Season 1.

    Developed by Sera Gamble & Greg Berlanti based on the book by Caroline Kepnes, You launched as a Lifetime series with Netflix as SVOD/international partner. Starting with Season 2, You will be a Netflix original. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions, Man Sewing Dinosaur and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Berlanti, Gamble, Sarah Schechter, Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo and Marcos Siega are executive producers.

    Childers’ previous credits include Showtime’s Ray Donovan Aquarius opposite David Duchovny, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams. Her other film work includes the indie feature, We Are What We Are, Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone; and 2015’s Vice opposite Thomas Jane and Bruce Willis. She’s repped by Luber Roklin, Buchwald and Dave Feldman.

    Good Fight Season 3 Premiere Date Set at CBS All Access — Watch Trailer

    (1/31/19) (Video) Diane Lockhart v. Donald Trump will reconvene in six weeks.

    The Good Fight‘s 10-episode third season will premiere March 14 on CBS All Access, the streamer announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour. And from the looks of the above trailer, the Christine Baranski-fronted Good Wife spinoff will not loosening its grip on the current administration.

    In Season 3, “Diane tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself,” per the official logline. Elsewhere, “Adrian and Liz struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts, and Lucca balances a new baby with a new love.” Maia, meanwhile, tangles with a Machiavellian lawyer (played by new cast member Michael Sheen).

    In addition to Baranski and Sheen, the Season 3 ensemble includes returning vets Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi and Delroy Lindo. As TVLine previously reported, Justin Bartha (Colin) will not be back.

    Dishing with Digest - 1/25/19 - James Patrick Stuart

    (1/25/19) (Listen / download) James Patrick Stuart Chats About GH And Music

    GH James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) opens up about his two daytime roles, meeting Rick Springfield (ex-Noah/Eli, GH), growing up with famous musicians in his house and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the pros and cons of showing characters grieve.

    Riverdale First Look: Kelly Ripa Is Packing Heat as Hiram's Mistress

    (1/25/19) (Photo) Watch out, Hermione: There might be a fresh target on your back.

    Next Wednesday on Riverdale (The CW, 8/7c), Kelly Ripa — Mark Consuelos’ real-life wife — guest-stars as Hiram’s alleged mistress Ms. Mulwray. And based on the first-look photo above, she’s not messing around, confidently clutching a pistol during what we hope is a friendly chat with Jughead. Consuelos’ character Hiram did take a bullet in this week’s episode… could Ms. Mulwray be the shooter?

    Consuelos shared his excitement about working with his wife again — he and Ripa first met while co-starring on the ABC soap All My Children — with TVLine during a recent set visit: “I’m really excited about her coming on the show. She’s always great to work with. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a chance to work together, but I’m looking forward to it.”

    Marisol Nichols, who plays Hiram’s wife Hermione, added that the reveal of Hiram’s mistress is actually “not surprising” to Hermione: “They have an interesting relationship… It’s going to be fun, but it’s not going to be as shocking as you might think for Hermione.”

    Elsewhere in the episode, titled “The Red Dahlia,” “Betty works with a surprising ally to piece together clues about a series of deaths in the town” and “a spiraling Archie sets out on a new path,” per the network’s description.

    SAG Awards Reveals Presenters For Sunday’s 25th Anniversary Show

    (1/25/19) The 25th annual SAG Awards has revealed a second group of presenters for Sunday’s ceremony at the Beverly Hilton: Awkafina, Alex Baldwin, Matt Bomer, Laverne Cox, Richard Madden, Ricky Martin, Tracy Morgan, Chris Pine and Keri Russell.

    Eden Riegel Looks Back at Bianca's Unforgettable Coming Out Scene on ALL MY CHILDREN

    (1/24/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It was on Christmas Eve 2000, that ALL MY CHILDREN’s Bianca — whom viewers had watched grow up — said the words that neither she nor her famous mother, Erica Kane, would ever forget: “Do you love me, Mom? Do you? I’m gay.”

    Bianca and Erica embarked on a long journey that night, but the way it began left an indelible impression. Eden Riegel, who played Bianca, recalled to Soaps In Depth that the moments after shooting it felt “like time had stopped. Susan [Lucci, Erica] and I both had tears streaming from our eyes and were totally wrung out. Sharing that was a real bonding moment in our relationship.”

    A press event had been planned for the night, and Erica had been eager to show the world what a loving mother and daughter looked like. She’d even arranged for her and Bianca to be dressed in identical, glamorous gowns. However, when it came time to leave, Bianca removed her earrings, undid her hair and stripped down to her slip. “I don’t want the world to see me, Mom,” she’d explained. “I want you to see me.” What followed was one of the most confusing moments of Erica’s life. She couldn’t stop worrying about her company’s image, honoring her fans and the waiting reporters. Clearly, Bianca had other plans. “Mother, look at me,” she begged. “I’m exactly who you always knew. I’m still your baby, and I still love you.”

    When Bianca finally put an end to Erica’s agony and spit out her truth, viewers held their collective breaths, waiting for the renowned diva’s response. Turning her back, Erica fiddled with the Christmas tree and urged Bianca to get dressed. But when Bianca wouldn’t budge, Erica’s words came in a torrent. She invalidated her daughter’s declaration, instead blaming the rehab center that Bianca had been in and surmising that Sarah had preyed on her there. Denying that, Bianca said that her relationship with Sarah was about love.

    Riegel’s older sister had been “out” for many years, so the scenario seemed foreign. “I just didn’t understand what the big deal about it was,” the actress admitted. But wanting to do the scenes justice, she’d made it a point to get her sister’s input. “I ended up learning a lot about her and other people in my life — I wanted to hear a lot of voices before portraying this moment.”

    Reflecting on why Bianca is still missed by fans, Riegel concluded, “She was brave, courageous and loyal, and she fought for the people that she cared about. She was everything that I would like to be.”

    Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Set In Warner Bros First Look

    (1/24/19) Warner Bros has made a first look deal with Michael B. Jordan and his Outlier Society banner. This comes after Jordan had a year in which he starred in Best Picture nominated blockbuster Black Panther, and reprised in Creed II. The deal with Warner Bros. Pictures Group was announced by its chairman, Toby Emmerich. This marks a continuation of their partnership following the unveiling of a joint production diversity policy in September 2018, the first of its kind. Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming Just Mercy, a Jordan-starring and producing vehicle, became the first film under the new policy.

    “Michael has become a leading voice in a new generation of talent and is creating real change in the industry,” said Emmerich. “His talent is undeniable, and beyond that, his commitment and conviction around representation and inclusion are inspiring—he truly walks the walk. We’re extremely proud to be in business with him and excited about a number of projects on the horizon.”

    “Michael has been part of the WarnerMedia family since starring on The Wire for HBO when he was 15-years-old,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. “From our work with him on the two Creed films and more recently on Just Mercy, we’ve come to know him as someone who is thoughtful, focused and serious about making great films that are representative and inclusive of new voices and new talent on camera and on set. We’re honored that he’s chosen Warner Bros. as his creative home.”

    “Warner Bros. is the perfect home for myself, my brilliant president of production Alana Mayo and Outlier Society,” said Jordan. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for their visionary leadership and commitment to producing a broad slate of films, which gives us more range and more opportunity as producers. Most importantly, they share my passion for telling unique, creatively-fulfilling stories and giving a voice to the next generation of talent.”

    Courtenay Valenti, President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Pictures, worked closely with Emmerich on this deal, along with Jordan’s agency, WME, and attorney Bloom Hergott.

    Kaye Ballard Dies: TV, Film & Stage Veteran Who Starred In ‘The Mothers-In-Law’ Was 93

    (1/22/19) Kaye Ballard (Mrs. Remo, All My Children), a comic actress and singer who was a regular presence on TV for decades and starred in the late-’60s NBC comedy The Mothers-in-Law, has died. Palm Springs-area paper The Desert Sun reported that the star also known for The Girl Most Likely and a half-dozen Broadway musicals died Monday at her home in Rancho Mirage.

    Ballard had appeared on a couple of TV programs when she was cast as Marge opposite Jane Powell and Cliff Robertson in the 1958 big-screen musical comedy remake of The Girl Most Likely. She would appear in a handful of movies in the ensuing decades, but TV was her go-to medium.

    In 1967 she starred with Eve Arden in The Mothers-in-Law, playing half of an unconventional couple, the Buells, who was best friends with their very-straight suburban neighbors the Hubbards (Arden and Herbert Rudley). The series struggled to lure viewers in its 8:30 Sunday slot against CBS’ The Ed Sullivan Show and ABC’s The F.B.I.

    Ballard would land a second series-regular role more than 30 years later, this time playing a pushy neighbor of star Stephen Dorff in the syndicated ventriloquist comedy What a Dummy. It aired two dozen episodes in 1990-91.

    She also recurred on The Doris Day Show in the early 1970s, made dozens of visits to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Mike Douglas Show and did more than a 150 episodes of The Hollywood Squares from 1967-69 and again in 1975., Ballard also guested on dozens of TV shows form the 1950s into the ’90s. Among them were such popular series as Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, The Red Skelton Hour, Police Story, Alice, All My Children, The Muppets, Due South and anthology series Love American Style, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

    Ballard’s stage credits stretch back to a 1946 national tour of Three to Make Ready, and she made her Broadway debut in 1952’s Top Banana, a musical comedy starring Phil Silvers, returning to the Broadway stage in 1954’s The Golden Apple. But her highest-profile production was 1961’s Carnival!, a musical written by Bob Merrill, directed by Gower Champion and produced by David Merrick. Her co-star was a young Jerry Orbach.

    A couple of short-lived Broadway productions followed before Ballard appeared in the most arguably successful — or at least highest-profile — stage production of her career: the New York Shakespeare Festival’s 1981 production of The Pirates of Penzance starring Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt. Ballard was among the replacement cast, taking over the role of Ruth from Estelle Parsons.

    Ballard also starred in the 1984 Off Broadway one–woman show Hey Ma…Kaye Ballard at the Promenade Theatre. In a touring production, she played Jeanette Burmeister in 2001’s The Full Monty, and at a 2002 New York benefit concert she played Mrs. Brice in Funny Girl.

    Born on November 20, 1925, in Cleveland, Ballard was onstage for a 2013 TV Academy panel called “Retire from Showbiz? No Thanks!” Indeed she was working on a feature at the time of her death titled Senior Moment, featuring such other veteran actors as William, Shatner and Christopher Lloyd, per IMDb.

    The Desert Sun also reported that Ballard attended a screening of a documentary on her career titles Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On, less than two weeks ago at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It said she was greeted by mobs of fans and that the showing was interrupted by spontaneous applause more than half a dozen times.

    Tune-In Alert! Soap Alums On THE BLACKLIST

    (1/18/19) AS THE WORLD TURNS’s Larry Bryggman (ex-John) and ALL MY CHILDREN alum Dorothy Lyman (ex-Opal) will appear on the Friday, January 18 episode of NBC’s THE BLACKLIST as a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In the episode, titled “The Pawnbrokers”, Red (James Spader) acclimates to his new surroundings in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival. Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. Meanwhile, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

    ‘Gen:LOCK’ Trailer: Michael B. Jordan Suits Up For Rooster Teeth Series

    (1/18/19) (Video) The just-arrived trailer for the new Rooster Teeth series gen:LOCK suggests that the American anime movement is gathering steam deep in the heart of Texas.

    The Austin-based Rooster Teeth already created an international stir among anime fans with RWBY and now, with gen:LOCK, it has a potent-looking follow-up effort, especially considering its cast, which reads like a Comic-Con guest list: Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), Dakota Fanning (The Alienist), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Asia Kate Dillon (Orange is the New Black) and Golshifteh Farahani (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales).

    The premise of the series, as described by Rooster Teeth: “Fifty years in the future, an oppressive authoritarian force threatens to conquer the world. A daring team is recruited to pilot a new form of weaponized neuroscience that powers devastating mecha, but they must be willing to sacrifice everything to save the world.”

    The sci-fi mecha anime series premieres January 26 with the release of Episode 1 and Episode 2 on Rooster Teeth, an SVOD available on iOS, Android, Xbox One, Apple TV and on Rooster Teeth’s own website. The first episode of gen:Lock is free; membership (which starts at $4.99 a month) is required for any subsequent installment. Gen:LOCK releases are planned for every Saturday through March 9.

    Jordan, one of the most in-demand rising talents in Hollywood, has been banging the social-media drum for the Rooster Teeth project. On Instagram the actor gushed about the trailer’s release: “This show fulfilled one of my life-long dreams of voicing a character on an animated show.” A few days earlier he cited gen:LOCK as a passion project that connects with his longtime interest in sci-fi and animation. “I’m geeked for you guys to see it. We’ve created something really special. (If you know me you know how much the project means to me).”

    The eye-catching project may encounter some turbulence with some anime purists due to its Lone Star State origins. The success of Rooster Teeth’s RWBY sparked some debate in fan circles about authenticity and appropriate semantics since the genre is so closely associated with its native Japan. Austin is also home to Powerhouse, which produced Castlevania, (which recently got re-upped for a third season on Netflix) and with Austin’s substantial game development scene the state capital has a strong local talent pool with anime-applicable skill sets.

    Check out the trailer above.

    Leven Rambin's Gone

    (1/17/19) Gone — the internationally co-produced crime drama starring Chris Noth (Law & Order), Danny Pino (SVU) and Leven Rambin (True Detective) — will makes its Stateside premiere on WGN America on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 9 pm.

    Ratched: Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon, Finn Wittrock and More Join the Cast of Ryan Murphy's Cuckoo's Nest Prequel

    (1/15/19) If you thought the concept of Sarah Paulson playing Nurse Ratched — the iconic villain from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — was too good to be true, you’re going to lose your mind when you see which other stars Ryan Murphy has aligned for his big Netflix project.

    “Ratched on Netflix starts shooting in a couple weeks,” Murphy wrote in an Instagram post Monday. “On behalf of myself and Ms. Sarah Catharine Paulson, who plays the title role and is also a big fancy producer on it, we are thrilled to announce our amazing cast…a true murderers’ row of talent. So many of these actors are supremely talented folks who Sarah and I have both longed to work with.”

    Announced in alphabetical order, the cast includes Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, Harriet Harris, Cynthia Nixon, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer, Corey Stoll, Sharon Stone and Finn Wittrock.

    And Murphy is just as excited as we are to see the cast in action, writing, “Sarah, Cynthia, Judy, Amanda and Sharon, all doing scenes together? I cannot WAIT.”

    Set in 1947, the series — which has already received a two-season order — stars Paulson as a younger version of Nurse Ratched and chronicles her evolution from fledgling nurse to full-blown villain.

    CBS ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW CAST FOR THE SECOND SEASON OF “BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION!”

    (1/14/19) CBS has announced the 12 Celebrity Houseguests who will star in the second celebrity edition of BIG BROTHER in the U.S. This season’s cast includes Olympians, a former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL running back, a headline-making political strategist, a former teen heartthrob, a GRAMMY-nominated musician, a former WWE wrestler and an infamous Houseguest, among others. BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION launches with a two-night premiere event Monday, Jan. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Tuesday, Jan. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen Moonves returns as the host.

    The following 12 Celebrity Houseguests will compete for $250,000:

    Jonathan Bennett (37)

    Hometown: Rossford, Ohio

    Current City: Newport Beach, Calif.

    Occupation: Actor/host

    Tamar Braxton (41)

    Hometown: Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia

    Current City: Los Angeles

    Occupation: Singer/TV personality

    Kandi Burruss (42)

    Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

    Current City: Atlanta, Ga.

    Occupation: Singer/TV personality

    Tom Green (47)

    Hometown: Ottawa, Canada

    Current City: Los Angeles

    Occupation: Comedian

    Lolo Jones (36)

    Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

    Current City: Baton Rouge, La.

    Occupation: Olympic track and bobsled star

    Kato Kaelin (59)

    Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisc.

    Current City: Los Angeles

    Occupation: Actor/host

    Joey Lawrence (42)

    Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

    Current City: Los Angeles

    Occupation: Actor/producer

    Ryan Lochte (34)

    Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla.

    Current City: Gainesville, Fla.

    Occupation: 12-time Olympic medalist in swimming

    Dina Lohan (56)

    Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.

    Current City: Long Island, N.Y.

    Occupation: Momager

    Natalie Eva Marie (34)

    Hometown: Concord, Calif.

    Current City: North Tustin, Calif.

    Occupation: Former WWE wrestler/actress

    Anthony Scaramucci (55)

    Hometown: Port Washington, N.Y.

    Current City: Manhasset, N.Y.

    Occupation: Former White House director of communications/financier

    Ricky Williams (41)

    Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

    Current City: Venice Beach, Calif.

    Occupation: Former NFL superstar

    Following the two-night premiere, BIG BROTHER will air for three weeks, with the two-hour finale on Wednesday, Feb. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Lindsay Hartley Previews Her New Movie, 'My Mother's Split Personalities'

    (1/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Get ready to see a side of Lindsay Hartley you’ve never seen before — four of them, to be exact! She’s starring in the new movie, My Mother’s Split Personalities, premiering Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime! The daytime alum has appeared as Theresa on PASSIONS, Arianna on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and Cara on ALL MY CHILDREN, but at no point in her soap career did she ever get to play multiple personalities! “And I never got to play twins, either,” Hartley admitted to Soaps In Depth. “But I did do a Lifetime movie last August and I did get to play twins. That was super fun. So that was kind of the next step and then this one is the step after that!”

    In the film, Hartley plays Gail Price, a woman who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and is under the control of her new boyfriend, Warren, who hopes to get his hands on the money Gail inherited from her late husband. When Gail’s daughter, Julie, returns home, she is shocked to learn of her mother’s condition, and struggles to save her from Warren and get her the help she needs. “This criminal boyfriend knows about Gail’s mental issues and that’s their angle to get the inheritance,” Hartley previews. “They’ve been casing her and stuff. And when Gail is threatened, that’s when the alpha personality comes out to protect the other ones.

    “The first one, the little girl, comes out when Julie leaves,” the actress explains. “And then Madeline, the sexy, fun, romantic chick comes out when she meets Warren. And then the third one comes out when Gail is in danger. That’s Sadie, the dominant personality. The one that is literally the most dangerous. She will kill to protect the other personalities.”

    Soap fans are used to multiple personality storylines, and Hartley is thrilled she’s finally getting to tackle that particular acting challenge. “I was super pumped when [executive producer] Pierre David asked me to join in on this projet because it’s really cool to be able to throw so many people into a role, right? I hope you get sucked into Gail’s trouble, because she’s really messed up. She’s a really screwed up character.”

    Oprah Sets Bradley Cooper, Michael B. Jordan & Beto O’Rourke Q&A For NYC

    (1/12/19) By next month, Oscar nominations will be out and 2020 Presidential ambitions will be crystalizing and Oprah Winfrey is bringing some of the biggest names in both categories to Times Square for a chat.

    A Star Is Born star and director Bradley Cooper, Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan, and Texas Senate candidate and potentially high office seeker Beto O’Rourke will join the Queen of Talk live one-on-one in NYC on February 5, I’ve learned. Melinda Gates and Time’s Up President and CEO Lisa Borders will also be part of the event at the Playstation Theater with more guests likely to be announced too.

    Priced at $200 a pop, tickets go on sale next week on January 14 at 10 AM ET. Based on Oprah’s successful Emmy-winning SuperSoul Sunday series, the whole shindig will also be broadcast on OWN later this year and on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast for those who can’t make it to the Big Apple.

    Picking some of the most vocal and brightest stars in the cultural constellation, OWN says the event “will discuss how each of the guests created an impact and shifted the conversation in their respective fields of entertainment, politics and culture in the last year.”

    In terms of Cooper and Jordan, who also is an EP on the upcoming OWN series David Makes Man, the selection is obvious, as can be said of Gates and Borders. However, the inclusion of the admittedly charismatic O’Rourke signals a sturdy step by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton supporter Oprah back into White House politics.

    Though the media mogul herself has ruled out a possible race against Donald Trump in two years, the former Lone Star state Congressman is already seen as a near frontrunner in some Democrat circles, despite coming up short in his effort last fall to unset Ted Cruz. An anointment of big stature legitimacy by Oprah could help push O’Rourke, who supposedly sat down with Obama privately in recent weeks, even further to the front of what looks to be a crowded Dems race to take out the former Celebrity Apprentice host.

    We’ll see in February.

    Supergirl Casts Jonathan Bennett as Anti-Alien Troublemaker

    (1/11/19) We sure hope Supergirl‘s grooming department got the memo about the show’s newest guest star: He looks sexy with his hair pushed back. Jonathan Bennett, forever known for playing Aaron Samuels in 2004’s Mean Girls, will appear in Episode 14 of Supergirl‘s current season, titled “Stand and Deliver,” TVLine has confirmed. (Bennett broke the news himself via an Instagram story on Wednesday afternoon.)

    Per The CW, Bennett’s character Quentin is a “wide-eyed government attaché who is grateful when Supergirl saves his life. However, when he shows his true colors by attending an anti-alien rally, Supergirl aims to prove to Quentin that not all aliens are bad.”

    Bennett currently hosts the after show for Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club on MTV, as well as several Food Network competition series, including Cake Wars and Halloween Wars. On the acting side, Bennett has recurred on shows like Awkward, Hit the Floor and Veronica Mars. And let’s not forget his stint on Dancing With the Stars; he and partner Allison Holker placed ninth in Season 19.

    Supergirl‘s fourth season resumes with new episodes on Sunday, Jan. 19 (The CW, 8/7c).

    Sarah Michelle Gellar to Star in Thriller Sometimes I Lie From Ellen DeGeneres

    (1/10/19) Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumna Sarah Michelle Gellar is set to star in and executive produce Sometimes I Lie, a limited series based on former BBC journalist Alice Feeney’s debut novel. The series is being developed by Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros TV whether the company is based. WBTV optioned the book on behalf of A Very Good Production, whose DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will executive produce alongside Gellar.

    In Sometimes I Lie, Gellar stars as Amber Reynolds, a woman who wakes up in a hospital, unable to move, speak or open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they don’t know she can. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. The timeline alternates between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago.

    Sometimes I Lie is an international bestseller released in March 2017 by HQ/HarperCollins in the UK and Flatiron/Macmillan in the U.S. The book has been published in over 20 countries.

    This would mark a rare series-starring vehicle for Gellar, who has been sought after the success of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but has been very selective and has only done two series since — the CW’s Ringer and CBS’ The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams.

    Sometimes I Lie also marks a new step in the expansion of A Very Good Production. It would be the first limited/drama series for the company, which has produced a couple of comedy series, most recently ABC’s Splitting Up Together, now in Season 2; a number of reality series, including NBC hits Little Big Shots and Ellen’s Game of Games, which just returned for a second season. Additionally, A Very Good Production has animated series Green Eggs and Ham coming up on Netflix.

    Sometimes I Lie was packaged by ICM Partners. Feeney is repped by ICM Partners/Curtis Brown Group. Gellar is repped by ICM Partners, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Markham, Froggatt and Irwin in the UK and Morris Yorn Barnes. DeGeneres is repped by ICM Partners and Morris Yorn Barnes.

    A First Look at Rebecca Budig's New Role on L.A.'S FINEST!

    (1/8/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans who miss seeing Rebecca Budig as Hayden Barnes on GENERAL HOSPITAL can take heart that they will soon be able to see her in a brand new series: L.A.’S FINEST! The drama series is slated to premiere this spring on Spectrum cable, and Budig is slated to appear as Carlene Hart. “I’m trying hard to stay off social media as an example to my daughter but checking in from time to time,” the actress tweeted back in November of 2018. “Loving L.A.’S FINEST. I’ll be in a few episodes. Can’t wait for you to see it next year!”

    (Photo) The series stars Gabrielle Union as Sydney “Syd” Burnett, the character she played in the 2003 movie Bad Boys II, and Jessica Alba as Nancy McKenna, both LAPD detectives who don’t agree on much but find common ground when taking down dangerous criminals. The cast also includes actor Ryan McPartlin, who may be best known for playing Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb on the NBC series CHUCK, but who soap fans will remember as Hank Bennett on the NBC soap PASSIONS. And Budig has shared some images from the L.A.’S FINEST set alongside her co-star.

    (Video) Although Budig hasn’t said yet exactly what her role on the series is, she’s obviously sharing her scenes with McPartlin, and possibly playing his office co-worker, based on the Boomerang animation she shared (and taken by McPartlin) of her on set pretending to answer a call. “Answering phones,” she joked. “I do it all.”

    (Video) Over on his own Instagram, McPartlin shared a cute little animation from the set where the two of them looked at each other and then at the viewer as they waited for their turn in front of the cameras. But he also hasn’t revealed any details about their roles, so we’ll just have to stay tuned.

    Budig was already well known to soap fans for her roles as Michelle on GUIDING LIGHT and Greenlee on ALL MY CHILDREN when she made her GH debut as the mysterious Hayden in 2015. The character became a hit with fans, but was written out in September of 2017 leaving them waiting for her return, preferably with Finn’s baby in tow! Although Budig has told Soaps In Depth she would love to come back, and ABC executive Nathan Varni admitted Hayden’s return is “definitely a possibility,” there are currently no plans in the works. So fans will just have to keep an eye out for L.A.’S FINEST this spring. We will keep you up to date on a premiere date as well as any other projects Budig has in the works, so stay tuned!

    NYPD Blue Veterans Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup on Board for ABC Revival

    (1/8/19) ABC’s in-the-works NYPD Blue revival has apprehended two of the original series’ stars. TVLine has learned that Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup will reprise their respective roles as Diane Russell and John Irvin in the pilot, which is set to begin production next month. The duo will be billed as series regulars.

    As previously reported, the potential series centers on a now-adult Theo Sipowicz, who is attempting to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father Andy’s murder. Andy, of course, was played by OG cast member Dennis Franz. The role of Theo has yet to be cast.

    Delaney joined NYPD Blue as Det. Russell in its second season on a recurring basis. She was bumped up to a series regular in Season 3 and remained on the show for five additional seasons, during which she won the 1997 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Delaney returned as a recurring player for Seasons 10 and 11. Her post-Blue work has included a starring role in Lifetime’s Army Wives, as well as stints on The O.C., Murder in the First and, most recently, Chicago Fire.

    Brochtrup, meanwhile, appeared in 11 of the series’ 12 seasons (the final six as a regular) as John, the 15th precinct’s openly-gay PAA (and occasional babysitter to Theo). He has since recurred on Major Crimes and Shameless.

    Delaney and Brochtrup join a cast that also features franchise rookie Alona Tal (Hand of God, Supernatural) as Det. Nicole Lazarus, the only woman in the precinct’s core group of police officers and detectives.

    The revival is being shepherded by Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton, both of whom worked on the original NYPD Blue. Jesse Bochco, son of late franchise co-creator Steven Bocho, will direct the pilot. Dayna Bochco, Steven’s widow, will serve as a producer on the project.

    Kelly Ripa: My body looks like Peter Pan no matter what I do

    (1/8/19) Kelly Ripa is happy with her body, even if it’s not the most curvaceous.

    The “Live With Kelly and Ryan” co-host, who always has been vocal about her passion for fitness, told The Cut she’s aware that her workouts haven’t built up her body.

    “I was talking to a cardiologist and he said to make sure your heart beats out of your chest every day. The more you exercise, the healthier it is. And I can be honest: My body looks like Peter Pan no matter what I do,” she said in a Q&A about how she “gets it done.” “I’ve never been a va-va-voom woman. I like to take AKT — which is cardio-based dance classes — about four to five days a week between 3 and 5 p.m. And I like to do SoulCycle on the weekends.

    “In the summer, I like to run in Central Park because I think it’s so gorgeous.”

    The 48-year-old talk show host, who is set to appear on “Riverdale” alongside husband Mark Consuelos as his character’s mistress, also said plenty of caffeine is what fuels her jam-packed schedule.

    “I make a ‘Bullet Coffee’ at home in the morning — it’s coffee, two shots of espresso and a tablespoon of ghee and then a packet of collagen powder … Then I blend it all together and have this frosty thick beverage,” Ripa detailed. “I have a Starbucks latte when I get to ‘Live.’ Then I will have a half a coffee after the show wraps. I have a great energy level. I don’t nap, and I fear that if I did nap, it would probably make me stay awake all night.”

    With that amount of caffeine, a nap might be impossible anyway.

    Maurice Benard Previews His New Role as John Gotti

    (1/6/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Back in September of 2018, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard teased that he had an exciting new project he was working on that was later revealed to be a Lifetime movie titled Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter, in which he would be playing the infamous crime lord, John Gotti. The film is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET, and Soaps In Depth managed to chat with Benard about his role from the movie’s Vancouver set while he was filming it. “It’s a great role and I’m having a great time playing a real-life character,” he enthused. “This was a really great opportunity.”

    Thankfully, the filming of Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter coincided with GH’s summer break, so the Emmy-winner was able to schedule in this moonlighting with a little assistance from the soap’s executive producer, Frank Valentini. “Frank was great,” Benard confided. “The timing worked out with the hiatus, and Frank was able to shift some stuff around to make it work.” Of course, it was still quite the whirlwind, with the actor on a plane to Canada just 48 hours after being cast as the Teflon Don. “I didn’t have time to think about stressing out,” admitted Benard, who notoriously hates to fly.

    Benard was joined on location with his wife, Paula, and when he wasn’t hard at work for director Catherine Cyran, the pair were able to take in the sights. “It’s beautiful up here,” he said of Vancouver. One one of his days off, they even rented a boat for what the actor called “a great, relaxing day.”

    But there was still plenty of hard work to be done, especially since Benard was tasked with portraying a real-life person. Thankfully, he did have the advantage of meeting John Gotti’s daughter, Victoria, on set to get some insight. “She gave me some great tips about her father,” he revealed, adding that playing such a larger-than-life historical figure was “very difficult but at the same time exhilarating.”

    As Benard said on Instagram, "Put it in your calendars" and be sure to watch in February. But you can get a sneak preview of the film right now courtesy of this trailer (Video)!

    AMC Alum Eva La Rue Debuts New Series

    (1/5/19) ALL MY CHILDREN alum Eva La Rue (ex-Maria) is the host of a new Saturday morning series on the CW, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL’S ANIMAL TALES, premiering on January 5. “I was so excited when they asked me to be involved because not only do I love animals — I currently have two dogs — but I’ve been wanting to do a project that’s uplifting and positive,” enthuses La Rue. “It’s a great show and it’s been a great experience so far!”

    Lindsay Lohan reunites with 'Mean Girls' co-star Jonathan Bennett

    (1/5/19) Lindsay Lohan is reteaming with her Mean Girls co-star Jonathan Bennett for her new reality show.

    The actor, who portrayed Aaron Samuels in the hit 2004 movie, has been tapped by Lohan herself to host the after-show to his former castmate’s new MTV series Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club.

    The After the Show segment will air directly after the premiere of the new show on Tuesday, and the actress will join Bennett for a live chat with fans.

    Bennett and Lohan teased the get together on Friday by posting a reunion photo online.

    During their TV chat next week, Lohan will discuss her business interests and philanthropy in Europe, where the new show has been shot.

    The series, which revolves around Lindsay’s club in Mykonos, Greece, will feature the actress and staff at her new business concern.

    Meanwhile, Bennett recently reprised his Mean Girls role for Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next music video, and told Entertainment Tonight that tackling Aaron again for the promo was an unexpected treat.

    “It brought me back,” he said. “There was that moment when you’re sitting in the chair, they do your hair and makeup like Aaron Samuels, and they spin you around for the first time and you look in the mirror. That was the first time I saw him in 15 years, and it was like seeing an old friend. It takes you back to that time when life was just simpler.”

    Dishing with Digest - Linda Dano - 1/4/19

    (1/4/19) (Listen/download) Linda Dano Reflects On Daytime Career

    Beloved soap vet Linda Dano looks back on her ANOTHER WORLD years as Felicia Gallant, her friendship with Stephen Schnetzer (ex-Cass), her jump to ABC and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Ingo Rademacher’s upcoming departure from B&B and what it means for the canvas.

    Golden Globes Awards: 2019 Presenters

    (1/4/19) Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will bring their A Star is Born buzz to the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday as presenters: The co-stars are among the second round of presenters announced today by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

    Also included in the second presenters batch are: Antonio Banderas, Kristen Bell, Emily Blunt, Steve Carell, Olivia Colman, Taron Egerton, Richard Gere, Danai Gurira, Nicole Kidman, Lucy Liu, Julianne Moore, Maya Rudolph, Megan Mullally, Chris Pine, Amy Poehler, Gina Rodriguez, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.

    Today’s round of presenters joins those previous announced: Halle Berry, Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown, Jessica Chastain, Kaley Cuoco, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dick Van Dyke, Idris Elba, Harrison Ford, Johnny Galecki, Justin Hartley, Taraji P. Henson, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, Michael B. Jordan, William H. Macy, Chrissy Metz, Mike Myers, Lupita Nyong’o, Gary Oldman, Jim Parsons, Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Octavia Spencer, Ben Stiller, Lena Waithe and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

    Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will host the ceremony airing live coast to coast on Sunday, January 6, from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET on NBC from The Beverly Hilton.

    10 Things You Didn’t Know About Susan Lucci

    (1/3/19) (parade.com) We’ve known and loved Emmy-Winning actress Susan Lucci for almost half a century now after her 41-year run on hit soap All My Children (1970-2011) playing the devious Erica Kane and starring role on Lifetime’s Devious Maids (2013-2016). Parade.com recently caught up with the still-very-active and nimble ‘Queen of Daytime TV,’ best-selling author and entrepreneur, who at age 71 credits a passion for Pilates for keeping her looking young, fit and fabulous. While the soft-spoken actress, laughing, said “I really feel people know so much about me”—here are 10 revelations that may surprise you.

    1. Lucci loves knitting. “There was a time that I wanted to just get back to things I did growing up and I took knitting classes. I had to make three or 4 mittens to get two that looked similar, but I really enjoyed it! It’s grounding and very relaxing. When I was pregnant with my firstborn daughter, I bought some yarn, got home to knit and we’d lost electricity. Nobody would believe that Erica Kane was sitting knitting by candlelight.”

    2. She can drive a race car. Danny Sullivan (who won the Indy 500 in 1985) gave Lucci lessons in Bridgehampton for an AMC storyline. “Erica Kane couldn’t look like she didn’t know what she’s doing, now, could she!”

    3. Lucci spricht deutch. “I speak a little German—dangerously as I don’t know all the words. My husband is from Austria, and I don’t want to sit around and not know what the jokes are. Twice a week I went to Berlitz [Language Centers] to learn. My father’s of Italian decent and he would hear me say something in German and just shake his head.”

    4. She got her start in high school productions, she played Maria in West Side Story and Tuptim in The King & I.

    5. At 16, Lucci lived in Norway for three months as an exchange student. “I’d go out on my ‘Uncle’ Bendix’s fishing boat every morning to lay nets to catch shrimp which we’d eat for dinner—piled in large wooden bowls with their heads on! To this day, every winter I still wear the traditional Nordic sweater with pewter buttons and matching hat my Norwegian ‘mother’ knitted for me.”

    6. In her senior year of college, Lucci was a New York State finalist in the Miss Universe Pageant. But she had to drop out because the final competition was the same day she had to take her comprehensive exams to graduate—which her father categorically told her she must.

    7. The diminutive, slender actress has a passion for pizza and ice cream. “I love pizza like the rest of the world loves pizza.” Thin crust or thick? “A really thin crust margarita with a little Italian sausage.” Chocolate vanilla swirl ice-cream was her go-to until recently. “I discovered a delightful flavor in Las Vegas: Coconut Almond Joy—my favorite candy bar as a kid.”

    8. Lucci loves to ski and has had her share of accidents, including one nearly fatal in La Cortina, France. “I was on a double pummel drag lift—the ones where your skis stay on the ground and the long cord pulls you up the mountain. It was a long drag up with very steep drop offs. It took me four tries to get on the drag lift, and there were so many ruts on the trail I fell off halfway. My husband got off and we were in between mountains in the French Alps. Nobody going by can help, so we had to side-step up for an hour on our skis to the top of the next mountain to the nearest trails, where I slipped off a traverse ledge and slid all the way down thousands of feet, above the tree line, nothing to grab on to. It was frightening. I was very lucky.

    9. Lucci and her husband went to Russia this past summer during the World Cup. “St. Petersburg is gorgeous and our guide was wonderfully jolly. The World Cup going on certainly added an extra layer of excitement.”

    10. “Lastly, though you couldn’t know this as it hasn’t happened yet: It’s on my bucket list to go zip lining in the spring. I may do it in some place exotic, but not over river where the piranha might eat me. Here in New York is where I wanna do that first.”

    What’s next up for Lucci? She’s in a development deal on a series of movies for the Hallmark Network. Stay tuned, because this septuagenarian has no plans of stopping.

    AMC Alum Expecting Second Child

    (1/3/19) Denise Vasi (ex-Randi, ALL MY CHILDREN) and her husband, Anthony Mandler, are expecting their second child (daughter Lennox turns 4 next month). She shared her first maternity pics, as well as an essay about why she waited to reveal her pregnancy, on her blog; check it out here.

    Elizabeth Hendrickson Got Engaged to Rob Meder This Christmas!

    (12/26/18) (Photo) It was a very special Christmas for GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux), who became engaged to boyfriend Rob Meder over the holiday! “Officially my favorite Christmas ever!” she announced on Instagram with a pic of her holding up a glass of champagne to the camera, showing off her absolutely gorgeous ring. “I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year!”

    Meder shared the same image on his own Instagram, being sure to point out that selfie cameras on cell phones reverse the image so everything is backwards. “That’s Lizzie’s left,” he noted of the ring finger, “making for an extra special Xmas.”

    Hendrickson joined the cast of GH in May of 2018 as the town’s new district attorney, Margaux Dawson, but she was already well-known to soap fans from her roles as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Chloe and ALL MY CHILDRENS’ Maggie and Frankie. Her Instagram is full of sweet pics with her romantic beau, and last Thanksgiving she expressed her love to Meder with a sweet message. “Thank you for always keeping me in check while simultaneously letting me be me,” she shared. “I’d also like to thank you for listening to all of my new karaoke song choices on repeat in the mornings. You’re a great man and an amazing partner.”

    Congratulations to the couple for a lifetime of happiness!

    Online Film Critics Society Nominations

    (12/26/18) Winners will be announced on January 2, 2019.

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Mahershala Ali – Green Book
    Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
    Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther
    Steven Yeun – Burning.

    Michael B. Jordan and Dolph Lundgren had no idea they were at the same party

    (12/26/18) Fans of “Creed II” were doing a double take at LA hot spot Hyde Sunset, we hear — when Michael B. Jordan walked into a party just as his co-star Dolph Lundgren exited, and the two movie pugilists passed in the night.

    Said a witness at the club: “The two ‘Creed II’ stars had no idea the other was at the venue .?.?. Dolph left [via] a patio exit just before Michael arrived to a VIP table.”

    Lundgren, 61, originated the “Creed II” role of villain Drago in “Rocky IV.”

    Susan Lucci’s home has a closet just for gifts

    (12/19/18) (pagesix.com) If “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness is the self-proclaimed “worst Christmas present shopper of all time,” soap opera legend Susan Lucci just might be the best.

    “You know, I have a gift closet,” the “All My Children” alum, 71, told Page Six Style, adding that she has “probably around 20” presents wrapped and ready to go right now. “As a wife, a mother and a grandmother, I’m always so busy figuring out what I’m going to get everyone. And I’ve never given a blanket gift; it’s always something individual.”

    Lucci added that she starts her holiday shopping right after Labor Day, and that while she’d ideally like to hand-wrap each item herself — and keeps rolls of paper and ribbons in the aforementioned gift closet for that very reason — she’ll reluctantly allow stores to do it for her if she’s pressed for time.

    And while the actress admitted that she hasn’t given much thought to her own Christmas wish list, she does have her eye on something sparkly. “I tried on a really simple, lovely diamond necklace at Cartier in Las Vegas [recently], and also a beautiful diamond bracelet. But I haven’t even said anything to my husband about it yet,” she said with a laugh. “That said, my birthday’s on the 23rd, and I’d be open to a combination gift.”

    As long as it’s not a bath bomb, that is. “I got one of those [one year], and I have to say, the scent was so strong — and it never really bubbled!” Lucci recalled. “It just fizzed, and made this crusty thing on top of the bathtub. It was like getting into a tub full of Alka-Seltzer.”

    Jacob Young Opens up About Returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Lucky

    (12/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Whenever GENERAL HOSPITAL mentions the character of Lucky Spencer, fans can’t help but wonder if he’ll be coming back to the canvas again. And one of the actors to play the role, Jacob Young, is available now that he’s off-contract at THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL where he played Rick. “It’s always been on my radar,” the actor told Soaps In Depth of a possible return to Port Charles. “Lucky was a really special time and of course, I won the Emmy for that role, so that’s always gonna stick out in my mind.”

    Young joined the cast of GH as a recast Lucky in 2000, taking over for Jonathan Jackson. He played the role until 2003, taking home the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in 2002. Young went on to play JR Chandler on ALL MY CHILDREN before returning to B&B in 2011. However, in May of 2018, the actor announced that he was not renewing his contract with the CBS sudser to pursue other opportunities. “If B&B doesn’t have any stories for me to play and GH does, then I am more than willing to,” Young admitted before adding, “I don’t see myself going under contract.”

    Having launched a talk show series on YouTube, a new album, and starred in a couple of TV movies, Young has definitely made the most of his available time and wants to continue to explore new paths. “It’s always a struggle,” he confided. “If there’s a storyline written on one of the shows, then I’m not going to be able to mostly likely be part of a film. So I don’t want to limit myself and I think that they understand that. But a lot of times they want you to sign a contract, so it’s a catch-22.”

    However, a short stint would definitely be doable if it worked with his schedule. “Yes, absolutely,” Young concluded. “And I’m totally open to that. I think [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini is aware of that, too.”

    Stay tuned to see if Young returns to either GH or B&B in the future.

    Maurice Benard Previews His New Role as John Gotti

    (12/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Back in September, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard teased that he had an exciting new project he was working on that was later revealed to be a Lifetime movie currently titled Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter, in which he would be playing the infamous crime lord, John Gotti. The film is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET, and Soaps In Depth managed to chat with Benard about his role from the movie’s Vancouver set while he was filming it. “It’s a great role and I’m having a great time playing a real-life character,” he enthused. “This was a really great opportunity.”

    Thankfully, the filming of Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter coincided with GH’s summer break, so the Emmy-winner was able to schedule in this moonlighting with a little assistance from the soap’s executive producer, Frank Valentini. “Frank was great,” Benard confided. “The timing worked out with the hiatus, and Frank was able to shift some stuff around to make it work.” Of course, it was still quite the whirlwind, with the actor on a plane to Canada just 48 hours after being cast as the Teflon Don. “I didn’t have time to think about stressing out,” admitted Benard, who notoriously hates to fly.

    Benard was joined on location with his wife, Paula, and when he wasn’t hard at work for director Catherine Cyran, the pair were able to take in the sights. “It’s beautiful up here,” he said of Vancouver. One one of his days off, they even rented a boat for what the actor called “a great, relaxing day.”

    But there was still plenty of hard work to be done, especially since Benard was tasked with portraying a real-life person. Thankfully, he did have the advantage of meeting John Gotti’s daughter, Victoria, on set to get some insight. “She gave me some great tips about her father,” he revealed, adding that playing such a larger-than-life historical figure was “very difficult but at the same time exhilarating.”

    As Benard said on Instagram, "Put it in your calendars" and be sure to watch in February.

    O Little Town of Bethlehem - James Patrick Stuart

    (12/16/18) O Little Town of Bethlehem - James Patrick Stuart: Listen.

    Facebook Q&A: Maurice Benard & Laura Wright

    (12/14/18) Facebook Q&A: Maurice Benard & Laura Wright: Video.

    SAG Awards Nominations

    (12/13/18) MOTION PICTURES

    The SAG Awards are January 27 at the Shrine Auditorium, simulcast live by Turner’s TNT and TBS. As previously announced, Alan Alda will receive the guild’s Life Achievement Award during the ceremony.

    Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

    A STAR IS BORN (Warner Bros. Pictures)
    DAVE CHAPPELLE / George “Noodles” Stone
    ANDREW DICE CLAY / Lorenzo
    BRADLEY COOPER / Jack
    SAM ELLIOTT / Bobby
    RAFI GAVRON / Rez Gavron
    LADY GAGA / Ally
    ANTHONY RAMOS / Ramon

    BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
    ANGELA BASSETT / Ramonda
    CHADWICK BOSEMAN / T’Challa/Black Panther
    STERLING K. BROWN / N’Jobu
    WINSTON DUKE / M’Baku
    MARTIN FREEMAN / Everett K. Ross
    DANAI GURIRA / Okoye
    MICHAEL B. JORDAN / Erik Killmonger
    DANIEL KALUUYA / W’Kabi
    LUPITA NYONG’O / Nakia
    ANDY SERKIS / Ulysses Klaue
    FOREST WHITAKER / Zuri
    LETITIA WRIGHT / Shuri

    BLACKKKLANSMAN (Focus Features)
    HARRY BELAFONTE / Jerome Turner
    ADAM DRIVER / Flip Zimmerman
    TOPHER GRACE / David Duke
    LAURA HARRIER / Patrice Dumas
    COREY HAWKINS / Kwame Ture
    JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON / Ron Stallworth

    BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (20th Century Fox)
    LUCY BOYNTON / Mary Austin
    AIDAN GILLEN / John Reid
    BEN HARDY / Roger Taylor
    TOM HOLLANDER / Jim Beach
    GWILYM LEE / Brian May
    ALLEN LEECH / Paul Prenter
    RAMI MALEK / Freddie Mercury
    JOE MAZZELLO / John Deacon
    MIKE MYERS / Ray Foster

    CRAZY RICH ASIANS (Warner Bros. Pictures)
    AWKWAFINA / Peik Lin Goh
    GEMMA CHAN / Astrid Young Teo
    HENRY GOLDING / Nick Young
    KEN JEONG / Wye Mun Goh
    LISA LU / Ah Ma
    HARRY SHUM, JR. / Charlie Wu
    CONSTANCE WU / Rachel Chu
    MICHELLE YEOH / Eleanor Young

    TELEVISION

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

    THE AMERICANS (FX Networks)
    ANTHONY ARKIN / Stavos
    SCOTT COHEN / Glenn Haskard
    BRANDON J. DIRDEN / Dennis Aderholt
    NOAH EMMERICH / Stan Beeman
    LAURIE HOLDEN / Renee
    MARGO MARTINDALE / Claudia
    MATTHEW RHYS / Philip Jennings
    COSTA RONIN / Oleg Burov
    KERI RUSSELL / Elizabeth Jennings
    KEIDRICH SELLATI / Henry Jennings
    MIRIAM SHOR / Erica Haskard
    HOLLY TAYLOR / Paige Jennings

    BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
    JONATHAN BANKS / Mike Ehrmantraut
    RAINER BOCK / Werner Ziegler
    RAY CAMPBELL / Tyrus Kitt
    GIANCARLO ESPOSITO / Gustavo “Gus” Fring
    MICHAEL MANDO / Nacho Varga
    BOB ODENKIRK / Jimmy McGill
    RHEA SEEHORN / Kim Wexler

    THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Hulu)
    ALEXIS BLEDEL / Ofglen/Emily
    MADELINE BREWER / Janine
    AMANDA BRUGEL / Rita
    ANN DOWD / Aunt Lydia
    O-T FAGBENLE / Luke
    JOSEPH FIENNES / Commander Waterford
    NINA KIRI / Alma
    MAX MINGHELLA / Nick
    ELISABETH MOSS / Offred/June
    YVONNE STRAHOVSKI / Serena Joy
    SYDNEY SWEENEY / Eden
    BAHIA WATSON / Brianna

    OZARK (Netflix)
    JASON BATEMAN / Martin “Marty” Byrde
    LISA EMERY / Darlene Snell
    SKYLAR GAERTNER / Jonah Byrde
    JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore
    DARREN GOLDSTEIN / Charles Wilkes
    JASON BUTLER HARNER / Roy Petty
    CARSON HOLMES / Three
    SOFIA HUBLITZ / Charlotte Byrde
    LAURA LINNEY / Wendy Byrde
    TREVOR LONG / Cade
    JANET McTEER / Helen Pierce
    PETER MULLAN / Jacob Snell
    JORDANA SPIRO / Rachel
    CHARLIE TAHAN / Wyatt
    ROBERT TREVEILER / Sheriff John Nix
    HARRIS YULIN / Buddy Dieker

    THIS IS US (NBC)
    ERIS BAKER / Tess Pearson
    STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson
    NILES FITCH / Teenage Randall
    MACKENZIE HANCSICSAK / Young Kate
    JUSTIN HARTLEY / Kevin Pearson
    FAITHE HERMAN / Annie Pearson
    JON HUERTAS / Miguel Rivas
    MELANIE LIBURD / Zoe
    CHRISSY METZ / Kate Pearson
    MANDY MOORE / Rebecca Pearson
    LYRIC ROSS / Déjà
    CHRIS SULLIVAN / Toby Damon
    MILO VENTIMIGLIA / Jack Pearson
    SUSAN KELECHI WATSON / Beth Pearson
    HANNAH ZEILE / Teenage Kate

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

    ATLANTA (FX Networks)
    KHRIS DAVIS / Tracy
    DONALD GLOVER / Earn Marks
    BRIAN TYREE HENRY / Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles
    LAKEITH STANFIELD / Darius

    BARRY (HBO)
    DARRELL BRITT-GIBSON / Jermaine
    D’ARCY CARDEN / Natalie
    ANDY CAREY / Eric
    ANTHONY CARRIGAN / NoHo Hank
    RIGHTOR DOYLE / Nick
    GLENN FLESHLER / Goran Pazar
    ALEJANDRO FURTH / Antonio
    SARAH GOLDBERG / Sally Reed
    BILL HADER / Barry
    KIRBY HOWELL-BAPTISTE / Sasha
    PAULA NEWSOME / Det. Janice Moss
    JOHN PIRRUCCELLO / Det. John Loach
    STEPHEN ROOT / Monroe Fuches
    HENRY WINKLER / Gene Cousineau

    GLOW (Netflix)
    BRITT BARON / Justine Biagi
    SHAKIRA BARRERA / Yolanda Rivas
    ALISON BRIE / Ruth Wilder
    KIMMY GATEWOOD / Stacey Beswick
    BETTY GILPIN / Debbie Eagan
    REBEKKA JOHNSON / Dawn Rivecca
    CHRIS LOWELL / Bash Howard
    SUNITA MANI / Arthie Premkumar
    MARC MARON / Sam Sylvia
    KATE NASH / Rhonda Richardson
    WYATT NASH / Phil
    SYDELLE NOEL / Cherry Bang
    VICTOR QUINAZ / Russell Barroso
    GAYLE RANKIN / Sheila the She-Wolf
    BASHIR SALAHUDDIN / Keith Bang
    KIA STEVENS / Tammé Dawson
    JACKIE TOHN / Melanie Rosen
    ELLEN WONG / Jenny Chey
    BRITNEY YOUNG / Carmen Wade

    THE KOMINSKY METHOD (Netflix)
    JENNA LYNG ADAMS / Darshani
    ALAN ARKIN / Norman
    SARAH BAKER / Mindy Kominsky
    CASEY THOMAS BROWN / Lane
    MICHAEL DOUGLAS / Sandy Kominsky
    ASHLEIGH LaTHROP / Breana
    EMILY OSMENT / Theresa
    GRAHAM ROGERS / Jude
    SUSAN SULLIVAN / Eileen
    MELISSA TANG / Margaret
    NANCY TRAVIS / Lisa

    THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Prime Video)
    CAROLINE AARON / Shirley Maisel
    ALEX BORSTEIN / Susie Myerson
    RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel
    MARIN HINKLE / Rose Weissman
    ZACHARY LEVI / Benjamin
    KEVIN POLLAK / Moishe Maisel
    TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman
    BRIAN TARANTINA / Jackie
    MICHAEL ZEGEN / Joel Maisel

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

    JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore – “OZARK” (Netflix)
    LAURA LINNEY / Wendy Byrde – “OZARK” (Netflix)
    ELISABETH MOSS / Offred/June – “THE HANDMAID’S TALE” (Hulu)
    SANDRA OH / Eve Polastri – “KILLING EVE” (BBC America)
    ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

    Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations

    (12/12/18) The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live January 13 on the CW at 7 PM ET/PT.MOVIES

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Mahershala Ali – Green Book
    Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
    Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
    Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born
    Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther

    BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
    Black Panther
    Crazy Rich Asians
    The Favourite
    Vice
    Widows

    TELEVISION

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
    Richard Cabral – Mayans M.C. (FX)
    Asia Kate Dillon – Billions (Showtime)
    Noah Emmerich – The Americans (FX)
    Justin Hartley – This Is Us (NBC)
    Matthew Macfadyen – Succession (HBO)
    Richard Schiff – The Good Doctor (ABC)
    Shea Whigham – Homecoming (Amazon)

    BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
    Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
    Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
    Allison Janney – Mom (CBS)
    Justina Machado – One Day at a Time (Netflix)
    Debra Messing – Will & Grace (NBC)
    Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
    Brandon Victor Dixon – Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
    Eric Lange – Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)
    Alex Rich – Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)
    Peter Sarsgaard – The Looming Tower (Hulu)
    Finn Wittrock – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
    Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal (Amazon)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
    Ellen Burstyn – The Tale (HBO)
    Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects (HBO)
    Penelope Cruz – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
    Julia Garner – Dirty John (Bravo)
    Judith Light – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
    Elizabeth Perkins – Sharp Objects (HBO)

    Philip Bosco, Tony-Winning Actor and ‘Working Girl’ Star, Dies at 88

    (12/7/18) Philip Bosco, a Tony and Emmy-winning character actor who also starred in such movies as “Working Girl,” died Monday at age 88, according to his grandson Luke Bosco.

    Bosco received the first of his six Tony nominations for his Broadway debut, the 1960 drama “Rape of the Belt,” and his last for a 2004 revival of “Twelve Angry Men.” He won in 1989 for playing an outrageous opera company head in the comedy “Lend Me a Tenor.”

    He also appeared in more than 50 Broadway productions over his storied career.

    Though he told the New York Times in 1986 that he had turned down a seven-year contract with a Hollywood studio early in his career because he did not want to live in California, he did appear in many movies starting in the 1980s.

    Bosco had small but crucial roles in films like Mike Nichols’ 1988 comedy “Working Girl,” where he played the corporate honcho who fires Sigourney Weaver’s scheming executive and hires Melanie Griffith’s ambitious secretary instead.

    His other big-screen credits included Woody Allen’s 1997 film “Deconstructing Harry,” 1983’s “Trading Places,” the 1986 drama “Children of a Lesser God” and the 1997 rom-com “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”

    He also made frequent appearances on TV, from soap operas like “Ryan’s Hope” and “As the World Turns” to “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in which he had a recurring role as a judge. In 1987, he won a Daytime Emmy for an “ABC Afterschool Special” called “Read Between the Lines.”

    Lifetime Unveils Premiere Dates For Winter Movie Slate

    (12/4/18) Lifetime has unveiled the premiere dates for their robust slate of winter movies. From music icons to deadly cheerleaders to the daughter of a notorious mob boss, the network isn’t holding back when it comes to the drama — some based on true stories, some not — for 2019.

    Highlights of their slate include Love You to Death (January 26) starring Marcia Gay Harden, which is based on the true story of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Also based on a true story is Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (January 19) starring Christina Ricci. The movie is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum. For something a little lighter, there’s Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You (February 16) which follows the personal and professional journey of the titular Grease icon. Lifetime acquired the biopic for its U.S. premiere.

    Other features on the slate include Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter (February 9) which is executive produced by the real-life Victoria Gotti. Lifetime will also bring back the cult classic Death of a Cheerleader (February 2). The remake will see the return of Kellie Martin, who starred in the 1994 original.

    Lifetime has also acquired Best Friend’s Betrayal and My Mother’s Split Personalities for January. The network will feature five weeks of premieres every Saturday at 8 pm PT/ET, beginning January 19.

    See the complete list and summaries of the features below.

    Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story
    Starring Christina Ricci, Judith Light and Josh Bowman
    January 19

    The Lifetime feature is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum and stars Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Christina Ricci (Monster), two-time Tony award-winner, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Judith Light (Transparent, The Assassination of Giannni Versace) as Matron Grady and Josh Bowman (Revenge).

    On a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, investigative reporter Nellie Bly (Ricci) feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after Nellie has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity. Nellie’s unwillingness to submit to authority results in unspeakable torture at the hands of the head nurse, Matron Grady (Light). When Nellie captures the attention of Dr. Josiah (Bowman) who tries to help her, Grady’s barbaric tactics only intensify, leading Nellie to questions if she actually does belong in the asylum after all.

    A real-life hero, Nellie Bly’s expose was the first of its kind in America and inspired the global reformation of mental health care.

    Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story is executive produced by Howard Braunstein along with Ricci of Grey Team Productions. Michael Tive, David Sigal, Peter Werner and Jonathan Baruch of StoryBy Entertainment also serve as executive producers with Karen Moncrieff as director (Petals on the Wind) with a screenplay by Helen Childress (Reality Bites).

    Love You to Death
    Starring Marcia Gay Harden, Emily Skeggs and Tate Donovan
    January 26

    Inspired by a true story, Love You to Death is a shocking tale of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Camile (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, Fifty Shades features, Code Black, Point Blank) and Esme (Emily Skeggs, Miseducation of Cameron Post, Mile 22) are well-known in their community – Esme as the sickly, child-like wheelchair-bound daughter, and Camile as the perfect caretaker and mother. They seem a perfect pair until Camile is found stabbed to death in her home, and Esme has vanished, believed to be kidnapped by the killer. But when Esme is found, a terrible secret emerges. Esme was not kidnapped. Instead she ran away with her boyfriend (Brennan Keel Cook) after working with him to murder Camile. More than that, Esme is perfectly healthy, mentally and physically, and has been a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, forced to believe she was ill by her controlling, abusive mother.

    Tate Donovan (The Man in The High Castle) plays Travis, Esme’s estranged father who tries to reconnect with his daughter, despite her mother’s objections.

    Marcia Gay Harden is repped by ICM Partners and Framework Entertainment.

    Love You to Death is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment Television. Executive producers are Jordan Davis and John Davis. Alex Kalymnios directs from a script written by Anthony Jaswinski.

    Death of a Cheerleader
    Stars Kellie Martin, Aubrey Peeples and Sarah Dugdale
    February 2

    In a remake of the cult-classic, Death of a Cheerleader is inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article of the same name about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate. Bridget Moretti (Aubrey Peeples) is a shy outsider from a lower middle-class background who aspires to be beautiful, popular and perfect in everything. Believing that a friendship with rich and pretty Kelly Locke (Sarah Dugdale), leader of the school’s most prestigious clique, will get her all that she desires, Bridget tries to forge a friendship with her. When Kelly rejects Bridget’s attempts, it leaves her humiliated and feeling like a failure and ultimately fuels a jealous rage that will lead to murder. Death of a Cheerleader explores the events leading up to and after the shocking crime that took place in this upper-middle-class community.

    Kellie Martin, who starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original, plays the FBI agent who cracks the case.

    Death of a Cheerleader is produced by Just Singer Entertainment and Reunion Pacific Entertainment. Executive producers are Matthew O’Connor, Paddy Bickerton, Steve White and Sheri Singer. Paul Shapiro directs from a script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.

    Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter
    Executive Produced and Narrated by Victoria Gotti and
    Starring Chelsea Frei and Maurice Benard
    February 9

    Executive produced by Victoria Gotti herself, the movie takes us deep into the world of what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world. Sharing never-before-revealed stories about her life, Victoria (played by Chelsea Frei) tells of a sensitive child growing up with a beloved father (Maurice Benard) she worried about constantly; the tragedy of her younger brother’s death; and her turbulent romance, forbidden by her father, with the man who later became her husband. Victoria had a front-row seat to a life the world became fascinated with, all while trying to reconcile the loving father she adored with a man the outside world was determined to bring down.

    Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter is produced by Relevé Entertainment for Lifetime with Victoria Gotti, Jennifer Wachtell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Holly Carter (Home is Where You Find It) executive producing. Catherine Cyran (The Prince & Me) directs from a script co-written by Victoria Gotti and David Schneiderman (Chasing Liberty). The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti. Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating her story.

    Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You
    Starring Delta Goodrem
    February 16

    Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is the remarkable personal and professional journey of international superstar Olivia Newton-John, illustrated through her music. Covering her lasting power across more than five decades in one of the world’s toughest industries, the film delves into both Olivia’s public persona as well as the private woman behind-the-scenes, including her multiple battles with cancer and her intense fight to survive.

    Australian singer, songwriter and actress Delta Goodrem (House Husbands, judge on The Voice, Australia) stars as Olivia Newton-John and re-records her classic hits for the film. Hugo Johnstone-Burt (San Andreas, The Wrong Girl) is Bruce Welch and Todd Lasance (The Flash, The Vampire Diaries) plays Lee Kramer. Richard Brancatisano (Chasing Life) is featured as Matt Lattanzi, Anthony Brandon Wong (The Matrix Revolutions) is Patrick McDermott, Morgan Griffin (San Andreas, The Sleepover Club) is young Olivia, and Georgia Flood (American Princess, Wentworth) is young Pat Carroll.

    Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is produced by Fremantle with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria for Channel Seven. Lifetime has acquired the film for the U.S. premiere.

    JANUARY ACQUIRED MOVIES

    Best Friend’s Betrayal
    Starring Mary Grill, Vanessa Walsh, Jaime M. Callica
    Premieres January 13

    Best friends Katie (Mary Grill) and Jess (Vanessa Walsh) are inseparable and have always had each other’s backs. When Jess begins a new serious relationship with famous crime writer, Nick (Jaime M. Callica), Katie is unsure of this new seemingly perfect man. Katie wants to support her friend’s newfound happiness but is fiercely protective of her. But Katie’s obsession with Jess soon proves deadly and it is up to the recently vilified Nick to expose this supposed ‘best friend’ before it is too late. Best Friend’s Betrayal is produced by Reel One Entertainment.

    My Mother’s Split Personalities
    Starring Lindsay Hartley, Kayla Wallace, Jefferson Brown
    Premieres January 12

    After her father dies of a heart attack, Julie Price (Kayla Wallace) has returned home after two years of living in estrangement from her mother Gail (Lindsay Hartley). But Gail is not herself these days, acting bizarrely and under the control of Warren (Jefferson Brown), a highly intelligent criminal, who has become Gail’s boyfriend and is plotting to get his hands on a vast amount of money left behind by her dead husband. As Julie investigates the cause of her mother’s strange behavior, she gets closer to the truth about Warren, and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins, in which the dark criminal operator will do anything to protect his payday. It’s up to Julie to save her mother from not only Warren but also from her own split personalities and get her the help she desperately needs. My Mother’s Split Personalities is produced by Reel One Entertainment

    Free Buffy, Angel, Firefly

    (12/1/18) Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel, plus creator Joss Whedon’s cult fave Firefly, are now available to stream for free in their entirety on Facebook Watch, per Variety.

    ‘If Bobbie Talks, I’m Finished’: How Les Moonves Tried to Silence an Accuser

    (11/30/18) (nytimes.com) A trove of text messages details a plan by Mr. Moonves and a faded Hollywood manager to bury a sexual assault allegation. Instead, the scheme helped sink the CBS chief, and may cost him $120 million.

    Saturday, April 28, 2018, was Marv Dauer’s 75th birthday. It was also going to be his comeback.

    After more than three decades as a Hollywood talent manager, Mr. Dauer, tanned and silver-haired, had the aura of success: a house in the tony Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, a cherished collection of sports memorabilia, membership at a country club. People liked to say that Marv knew everyone.

    In reality, his client list had dwindled to a few B-list actors. Casting directors ignored his emails. His finances were precarious. He had nearly lost his home to foreclosure.

    But now Mr. Dauer had coaxed to his party someone who could change all that.

    More than 100 friends, sports figures, casting directors, actors, golf and bridge partners — even kindergarten classmates from Austin, Minn. — had gathered to celebrate at a friend’s Los Angeles home. At a V.I.P. table were the biggest names Mr. Dauer could muster: the actor-turned-polemicist James Woods; former Senator Norman Coleman; and Bruce McNall, the former Los Angeles Kings owner who served time for fraud.

    Then, at about 8 p.m., a star arrived: Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of CBS and one of Hollywood’s most powerful people. Mr. Moonves presented Mr. Dauer with a yellow tie embossed with the logo of the Masters golf tournament.

    Mr. Moonves’s presence sent a powerful message: Marv Dauer was back. “I didn’t even know they were friends,” recalled Paul Ruddy, a casting director who was at the party. Jan Daley, a jazz singer and a former client of Mr. Dauer’s, said that when she saw Mr. Moonves she was convinced that “Marv had gone up a couple of notches since he managed me.” She rehired him days later.

    Mr. Moonves had never attended Mr. Dauer’s previous parties. So what was he doing there?

    Four months later, Mr. Moonves was pushed out by CBS’s board after 12 women told The New Yorker that he had sexually harassed or assaulted them. But those accusations didn’t directly cause Mr. Moonves’s fall. As Mr. Dauer says the mogul told him before and after the birthday party, only one woman could bring him down: “If Bobbie talks, I’m finished.”

    1. ‘I wanted to use the baseball bat to knock his head off’

    Mr. Dauer grew up in Minnesota, in a small town that was home to the company that manufactured Spam. He got a job in Los Angeles selling computer terminals to stockbrokers. But he craved proximity to Hollywood’s celebrities and beautiful women. In 1984, he enrolled in a class to learn how to be a talent manager. Soon he was prowling Hollywood parties for aspiring actresses whose careers he might manage. Mr. Dauer had “nothing but young girls around him,” Mr. McNall recalled.

    Despite occasional successes, Mr. Dauer struggled to escape daytime television. In 1993, a casting director introduced him to an actress who looked like his ticket out: Bobbie Phillips.

    Ms. Phillips was 25 and still thought of herself as a small-town girl from South Carolina, but something about her radiated star power. She’d done some modeling, posed for the cover of fitness magazines and made a couple of appearances on “Married … with Children.”

    Mr. Dauer prided himself on selecting clients who, as he said in one of a series of recent interviews, “light up a room.” He signed Ms. Phillips after one meeting. She landed a small role in the 1995 film “Showgirls” and starred on the short-lived UPN drama “The Watcher.”

    Mr. Moonves, the president of Warner Bros. Television at the time, had crossed paths with Mr. Dauer on golf courses and tennis courts. After a mutual friend introduced them, they had lunch, and Mr. Dauer arranged for Ms. Phillips to meet Mr. Moonves. Even as a top executive, he often signed off on who got which roles.

    When Mr. Dauer told Ms. Phillips that he had set up the meeting, she wasn’t sure who Mr. Moonves was. Mr. Dauer impressed on her that he was one of the most formidable names in entertainment. He had just launched “Friends” and “E.R.” He could make her career.

    On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 7, 1995, Ms. Phillips arrived at the Warner Bros. studio in Burbank. Mr. Moonves, married with three children, gestured for her to sit. “I’m going to set you up with John Levey,” he told her, referring to the casting director for “E.R.” As Mr. Moonves called Mr. Levey and left a message, Ms. Phillips noticed a baseball bat leaning against his desk.

    In a recent interview, Ms. Phillips described what happened next. Mr. Moonves led her to an easel that showed the status of various Warner Bros. productions. She examined it, then turned to face him. “Look how hard you make me,” Mr. Moonves said. She saw that he had undone his trousers, exposing his erect penis.

    “Be my girlfriend and I’ll put you on any show,” he said, in Ms. Phillips’s recollection — and then grabbed her by the neck, pushed her to her knees and forced his penis into her mouth.

    Moments later, the intercom buzzed. It was Mr. Levey returning Mr. Moonves’s call. Fumbling with his pants, Mr. Moonves returned to his desk. “I have this great actress,” Ms. Phillips heard him say.

    “I felt my blood rushing in my body,” Ms. Phillips recalled. “I was vibrating. I can still feel it.” She walked to the desk. As she grabbed the bat, her eyes locked on a photo of Mr. Moonves’s wife on a bookshelf. “All I could think,” she said, “was that I wanted to use the baseball bat to knock his head off.”

    Mr. Moonves finished the call. “John wants to meet you,” he said. His relaxed demeanor stunned Ms. Phillips. She put down the bat, made up an excuse to leave and ran out the door.

    “I strongly believe that the sexual encounter with Ms. Phillips more than 20 years ago was consensual,” Mr. Moonves said in a statement to The Times.

    Later that day, Mr. Dauer called Ms. Phillips and asked how the meeting had gone. “Not very well,” she said. “I don’t want to talk about it.”

    The next day, Mr. Moonves called and said he wanted to introduce Ms. Phillips to producers. When Mr. Dauer relayed the exciting news, Ms. Phillips replied: “Absolutely not. Keep him away from me.” She told Mr. Dauer that she would never speak to or work with Mr. Moonves again. She started crying.

    “I didn’t want to push her, but she told me he violated her,” Mr. Dauer said in an interview. “He must have done something awful.”

    Before the incident with Mr. Moonves, Ms. Phillips said, she had loved going to auditions. Now the prospect gave her anxiety attacks. She refused to attend meetings alone with studio executives. Once, before a movie screening, she was so scared of potentially encountering Mr. Moonves that she vomited in an alley outside the theater.

    Ms. Phillips landed some minor roles, but her career never took off. She married, had a son, divorced and remarried. Her second husband, concerned about stress, reminded her that she didn’t need to be on camera. In 2003, she retired from acting and eventually moved with her family to the Toronto area.

    2. A secret correspondence

    Last fall, The New York Times and The New Yorker published exposés detailing allegations of sexual misconduct against the producer Harvey Weinstein, and all over Hollywood people started to wonder which powerful man would be next.

    At CBS, rumors spread that Mr. Moonves had a #MeToo problem. In November 2017, a Times reporter, following up on a tip, called Mr. Dauer and asked about Mr. Moonves and sexual misconduct. Flustered, Mr. Dauer said he couldn’t talk but would call back.

    He immediately thought of Bobbie Phillips.

    By coincidence, the two had recently reconnected. Ms. Phillips had gotten back into acting and landed a role in a foreign film; Mr. Dauer had asked if he could try to get her parts in Hollywood.

    On Dec. 4, six days after The Times contacted him, Mr. Dauer emailed Mr. Moonves: “Leslie — it’s very important you call me.” Moments later, Mr. Moonves was on the phone. It was the first time in years that the two men had spoken.

    Mr. Dauer and Mr. Moonves have given different accounts of the conversation, but they agree on one crucial point: They discussed the possibility of getting Ms. Phillips an acting gig to keep her happy.

    In the version Mr. Moonves provided to outside lawyers for CBS, Mr. Dauer told him reporters were calling about Ms. Phillips and that she was “making noises” and “always looking for work.” A spokesman for Mr. Moonves, Chris Giglio, said Mr. Dauer pressured Mr. Moonves to get jobs for Ms. Phillips and his other clients.

    In Mr. Dauer’s telling, he was simply trying to alert Mr. Moonves about the media calls. In an interview and a sworn declaration, he said it was Mr. Moonves who broached the idea of doing something — finding her acting work — to “make amends” to Ms. Phillips. (Mr. Giglio denied Mr. Moonves ever said that.) Mr. Moonves told Mr. Dauer that he was bracing for an article about his sexual conduct.

    “I think I’ll be O.K.,” Mr. Moonves said, according to Mr. Dauer’s sworn statement. “But if Bobbie talks, I’m done.” Mr. Moonves asked him to convince Ms. Phillips not to speak publicly. As the call ended, Mr. Moonves told Mr. Dauer never to contact him by email because his secretary might read the messages. He gave Mr. Dauer two cellphone numbers to use to text him.

    A few days later, Mr. Dauer texted Mr. Moonves that the Times reporter had called again.

    “No need to talk to them,” Mr. Moonves replied.

    “I won’t,” Mr. Dauer agreed. It was the beginning of a monthslong cascade of hundreds of text messages, which were reviewed by The Times, and whose contents could determine whether CBS pays Mr. Moonves an exit package of $120 million — or nothing at all.

    3. ‘I feel sick all the time,’ Mr. Moonves texted

    After his initial phone call with Mr. Moonves, Mr. Dauer phoned Ms. Phillips. According to her, Mr. Dauer said he had “run into” Mr. Moonves, who had brought up the long-ago incident. Mr. Dauer told her that Mr. Moonves “feels horrible about what happened, and he has a young son, so please don’t ruin his life.” He added that Mr. Moonves “wants to make amends,” including by offering her work.

    “It was shocking to learn that someone was reaching out to me who had so hurt me and so altered the course of my life and who I had tried so hard and successfully to put in my past,” Ms. Phillips said.

    She was angry at Mr. Dauer for engaging with Mr. Moonves, but she assured him that she had no intention of speaking to journalists, and that she might even be willing to forgive Mr. Moonves. In 2012, her son had committed suicide, and she had spent years trying to heal. “A central teaching in my life is forgiveness,” she told The Times. “I told Marv to tell him I didn’t want anything,” she added. “I had already moved forward in my life, and did not wish to go backwards.”

    After talking to Ms. Phillips, Mr. Dauer texted Mr. Moonves: “I just was on the phone with Bobby and I think you are going to be very very happy.”

    With Ms. Phillips agreeing to keep quiet, Mr. Dauer tried to ingratiate himself with his powerful new friend.

    “Time magazine just picked persons of the year — those that turned in sexual harassments,” he texted on Dec. 8, suggesting with a vulgarity that the world was messed up. He added: “There must be some doctors or peacemakers or military that Have contributed more to the planet than these women.” Mr. Moonves didn’t respond.

    Mr. Dauer arranged for a former Los Angeles Dodger, Reggie Smith, to give Mr. Moonves’s son baseball lessons and an autographed ball. (Mr. Moonves didn’t acknowledge the gift until prodded. “Did Charlie like the ball?” Mr. Dauer asked. “Sorry. He Loved it,” Mr. Moonves texted.)

    At the same time, Mr. Dauer missed few opportunities to remind Mr. Moonves that he was being hounded by reporters.

    Dec. 13: “NY Times just called again. Obviously I did not answer the phone.” Mr. Moonves replied: “Thanks. Praying.”

    Dec. 14: “There’s going to be a way to beat these bastards,” Mr. Dauer wrote. “Even I’m not sleeping too well.”

    Dec. 18: “Just got a voicemail from The NY Times. Same lady. I wonder when they will realize I’m not speaking to them.” Mr. Dauer added that it was “about the 10th time they’ve called me.” Mr. Moonves answered: “This sucks.”

    On Dec. 31, Mr. Dauer and Mr. Moonves met at Art’s Delicatessen, and the C.E.O. denied assaulting Ms. Phillips. Afterward, Mr. Dauer told Ms. Phillips, who was upset.

    “I did not sleep as I am feeling anger that Moonves is not sorry — and is calling me a liar basically,” she wrote to Mr. Dauer in a Facebook message on Jan. 6. “He is not allowed to play the victim card here. I did not bring this up as you know. I simply responded that I believe in forgiveness and moving forward in life. But, I will not be made a victim again … I am doing my best to be a positive, forgiving person in my life. None of us are perfect. However, this does not sit well. I will go meditate and try to find my peace.”

    The next day, Ms. Phillips watched the Golden Globes on TV. Oprah Winfrey took the stage and acknowledged the generations of women who had endured sexual assault. “They’re the women whose names we’ll never know,” Ms. Winfrey said.

    “My God, this is me,” Ms. Phillips thought.

    Later, Mr. Dauer texted Mr. Moonves that the speech had “made the natives restless.” He added: “My hope is when she is working all this will go far far away.”

    “I feel very bad about the whole thing,” Mr. Moonves wrote back. “I feel sick all the time.”

    “I know,” Mr. Dauer said.

    “Is she ok for now?” Mr. Moonves asked.

    “Yes. Absolutely,” Mr. Dauer typed. “I told her to be patient and she said terrific.” He added, “I certainly believe I can put this to bed.”

    But Ms. Phillips was not O.K. Over the next two months, she suffered mysterious pains in her ear and jaw. She sought help from doctors and twice went to the emergency room. No one could diagnose her. Finally, a doctor asked if she had some kind of suppressed trauma. Perhaps stress was causing the physical symptoms.

    4. Mr. Moonves dodges a bullet

    As Mr. Moonves and Mr. Dauer texted back and forth, Michael J. Aiello, a top lawyer at the firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, was investigating Mr. Moonves. He had been hired by CBS’s independent directors to look into the sexual assault rumors about Mr. Moonves — rumors that CBS believed were being pursued by, among others, the journalist Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker.

    On Jan. 16, Mr. Aiello interviewed Mr. Moonves by phone. Mr. Moonves disclosed that a female television executive had filed a police complaint against him for sexual assault. He also said that there had been an incident with an unnamed actress — Ms. Phillips — in which he exposed himself and that she “ran out of room,” according to notes of the interview reviewed by The Times. When Mr. Aiello asked for more detail about that incident, Mr. Moonves said they had engaged in consensual oral sex. He did not explain why, if that were the case, she had fled.

    Mr. Moonves said nothing about the possibility of CBS finding the actress a job.

    Mr. Aiello advised the CBS board members that they had nothing to worry about with Mr. Moonves.

    The next month, CBS showed a sudden interest in working with Mr. Dauer’s clients. According to Mr. Dauer, the network’s head of casting, Peter Golden, contacted him about possible roles for Ms. Phillips. She ended up auditioning for a new CBS series called “In the Dark.” Another client, Eva LaRue, read for a part on “Charmed.” Two others, Joshua Morrow and Philip Boyd, met with Mr. Moonves.

    Mr. Dauer gave Mr. Moonves a prized possession: an autographed Babe Ruth photo. “I’m pretty sure it will be in safekeeping with your family for a long time,” Mr. Dauer texted.

    On Feb. 16, Mr. Moonves seemed to dodge a bullet. The long-feared article by Mr. Farrow appeared in The New Yorker, but it was about President Trump’s alleged affair with a former Playboy bunny, Karen McDougal — not about Mr. Moonves.

    Mr. Dauer texted Mr. Moonves that Ms. McDougal was an old friend. “I knew about the affair over a year ago,” Mr. Dauer wrote, “so you can tell I know how to keep my mouth shut.”

    5. ‘You need to make some money’

    By March, nothing of real value had materialized for any of Mr. Dauer’s clients. He intensified the pressure on Mr. Moonves in a text on March 27: “I heard from Bobbie today asking is there anything at CBS. I told her I would ask.” And: “I have made like no money for 36 months.”

    “Tell her I am looking,” Mr. Moonves replied. “It’s pilot time and most things are shooting. When series begin she will get some guest star jobs and hopefully it gets bigger from there. OK?” He added, “I hope she is doing okay.”

    “She’s doing better than me,” Mr. Dauer said.

    “I will try to help. Let’s set your guys up” with Mr. Golden, the casting director, Mr. Moonves texted. “You need to make some money.”

    “If I would not of hit a royal flush last year in Vegas,” Mr. Dauer replied, he would have lost his home.

    For weeks Mr. Dauer had been badgering Mr. Moonves to come to his 75th birthday party. When he finally confirmed that he and his wife — Julie Chen, a host of CBS’s daytime show “The Talk” — would attend, Mr. Dauer was thrilled. “When you get to valet tell him that Marv Dauer said you are a VIP so your car will be parked very close and you can get out of there,” Mr. Dauer texted.

    At the April 28 party, guests mingled in the backyard, where tables were piled with small cards on which people could write birthday messages for Mr. Dauer. When Mr. Moonves arrived, Mr. Dauer escorted him around, introducing him to impressed acquaintances.

    At one point, Mr. Moonves chatted with Ms. LaRue, she recalled. “It’s been way too long since you’ve worked for CBS,” he told her.

    Along with the Masters necktie, Mr. Moonves gave Mr. Dauer a handwritten note: “To a good man! Happy Birthday!”

    “What a great party!!!” Mr. Moonves texted Mr. Dauer afterward. “We had a ball.”

    “Thank you again so much for attending — I don’t know if there’s any way to express how grateful I am,” Mr. Dauer responded. He added that Ms. LaRue was excited “that you would like her back working on your network! After they announce the new pilots I will start looking for things and bother you.”

    “I will help,” Mr. Moonves wrote.

    6. ‘A big, friendly woman clad in overalls’

    On May 14, CBS sued its largest shareholder, Shari Redstone, trying to weaken her control of the company. It was a declaration of civil war that meant Mr. Moonves’s conduct would face intense scrutiny from Ms. Redstone’s camp. That made it even more important to keep Ms. Phillips quiet.

    A few days later, Mr. Moonves emailed Mr. Golden, the CBS casting director, regarding a new series, “Blood and Treasure,” about an art thief and an antiquities expert who pursue a terrorist. In the email, Mr. Moonves suggested that two of Mr. Dauer’s clients — Ms. LaRue and Mr. Boyd — could get parts. As for Ms. Phillips, Mr. Moonves texted Mr. Dauer that he was “looking into Blood and Treasure.”

    A couple of months later, though, nothing had materialized. Mr. Dauer was losing patience. He and Mr. Moonves met again at Art’s Delicatessen, and Mr. Moonves reiterated that the oral sex had been consensual. “I was never a predator, I was a player,” he said, according to Mr. Dauer and a person close to Mr. Moonves.

    Mr. Dauer warned Mr. Moonves that Ms. Phillips was “getting very angry,” according to the person close to Mr. Moonves. “It’s been eight months and you haven’t gotten anything for her.” After the meal, Mr. Moonves asked Mr. Golden, the casting director, to find Ms. Phillips a job, Mr. Moonves later told CBS’s outside lawyers.

    On July 19, Mr. Farrow contacted CBS for comment. The New Yorker was preparing to publish an article in which six women — not including Ms. Phillips — accused Mr. Moonves of sexual misconduct.

    One evening around that time, Mr. Dauer said, he was watching a Minnesota Twins game on TV when Mr. Moonves called and asked him to delete their text messages. Mr. Moonves added that he “was asking all of his other friends to do the same.” Mr. Dauer didn’t comply. The spokesman for Mr. Moonves denied that he asked Mr. Dauer to delete the messages.

    The next week, while Mr. Dauer was on an annual fishing trip in Minnesota, he visited the Spam Museum in his hometown and bought T-shirts to give Mr. Moonves and his son. That week, a casting director contacted Mr. Dauer to say that CBS was interested in Ms. Phillips for a guest role on “Blood and Treasure.”

    The role, however, turned out to be less than Mr. Dauer had envisioned. The character, Erica, was listed as “a big, friendly woman clad in overalls.” The job paid $1,500 for a day’s shooting. “I don’t quite know how to put this,” Mr. Dauer told The Times, “but let’s say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Mr. Dauer told CBS that Ms. Phillips was declining the offer. (Ms. Phillips denied having been angry.)

    Later that day, Mr. Moonves called Mr. Dauer, sounding frantic.

    “They’re coming out with an article in The New Yorker,” he said, according to Mr. Dauer. Ms. Phillips “has got to take this job or I’m done.” A friend listened on speakerphone and confirmed the account to The Times.

    Mr. Golden soon followed up, according to Mr. Dauer. “She’s got to take the role,” Mr. Golden said. He raised the offer to $5,000. Ms. Phillips said she rejected it.

    Mr. Golden said he didn’t recall any phone conversation with Mr. Dauer and denied making an offer of $5,000.

    “I didn’t care about this particular role, and yet top CBS brass suddenly are eager for me to accept it,” Ms. Phillips said. “It all seemed so baffling to me.”

    The New Yorker article appeared the next day. “The moment I read that there were other women he had victimized, the light bulb went off,” she said. “I realized I had been manipulated beyond words and that his outreach to me was phony, an attempt to silence me. This all caused me incredible pain, both physical and emotional, as I had to grapple with the fact that I had allowed the same monster to victimize me twice, in the 1990s and once again some 20 years later.”

    7. The final days

    CBS’s board convened on July 30, three days after The New Yorker article was published, to consider Mr. Moonves’s fate. Despite the women’s on-the-record accounts, Mr. Moonves insisted that any sexual encounters had been consensual.

    Mr. Moonves’s boardroom support ran deep. “I don’t care if 30 more women come forward and allege this kind of stuff,” one director, Arnold Kopelson, remarked to his colleagues. (Mr. Kopelson died in October.) CBS hired two law firms to investigate, but Mr. Moonves kept his job.

    On Aug. 11, Mr. Dauer and Mr. Moonves spoke again. The C.E.O. reiterated: “If Bobbie talks, I’m finished,” according to Mr. Dauer.

    The next week, Mr. Moonves was interviewed by lawyers for the CBS board from the firms Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton. He said the encounter with Ms. Phillips had been consensual. “Oral sex just came about,” he told the lawyers. “I didn’t ask her for it.”

    Only in a follow-up interview two days later did Mr. Moonves divulge that he had sought roles for Ms. Phillips and had asked Mr. Golden for help. He said he’d been worried that she might go public. “I realize the circumstances were not great,” he said to the lawyers. “I thought it was relatively minor.” Mr. Moonves also said that he and Mr. Dauer had talked every now and then, but “it wasn’t a lot of contact.”

    During a later interview, Mr. Moonves acknowledged that seeking a job for Ms. Phillips was “inappropriate.” When a lawyer asked if he had tried to get work for Ms. LaRue, he responded: “Absolutely not.”

    Upon learning that Mr. Moonves had tried to find a job for an accuser, the CBS board held an emergency meeting with their lawyers. The focus was on Mr. Moonves’s relationship with Mr. Dauer. Until that point, the lawyers had recommended keeping Mr. Moonves as C.E.O. Now their view was shifting. Nancy Kestenbaum, a Covington & Burling partner, told the CBS directors she had serious concerns about his candor and judgment. “This is a deal-breaker,” she said. The lawyers recommended Mr. Moonves be put on leave.

    Before the board acted, Ms. Kestenbaum tried to corroborate Mr. Moonves’s account. On Aug. 26, she called Mr. Dauer and then sent him two text messages. He ignored them. “Don’t talk to them,” Mr. Moonves told Mr. Dauer, according to Mr. Dauer. The spokesman for Mr. Moonves denied that he said that.

    It was their last conversation. On Sept. 9, CBS’s board forced Mr. Moonves to step down. Mr. Dauer never got to deliver the Spam T-shirts.

    8. ‘I wouldn’t even know how to blackmail someone’

    Whether Mr. Moonves was honest with CBS’s investigators could determine whether he collects a $120 million severance payment. If he was fired for cause, CBS doesn’t have to pay him anything. Under his contract, failing to cooperate fully in a company investigation constitutes “cause.”

    One fact that could influence that determination: CBS lawyers recently discovered that Mr. Moonves deleted many text messages with Mr. Dauer from his iPad, according to a person familiar with the internal investigation.

    Mr. Dauer still had them.

    Ms. Phillips has hired a lawyer, Eric M. George, to pursue claims against Mr. Moonves and CBS, including that he caused her emotional distress by dangling job possibilities to keep her silent and defamed her by insisting the encounter was consensual. Mr. Moonves “reopened these wounds, causing medical injuries and effectively ending her acting career,” Mr. George said in an interview.

    In a mediation proceeding, Mr. George said he was seeking $15 million for his client. Negotiations with Mr. Moonves’s lawyers collapsed. Mr. George told The Times that Ms. Phillips was weighing her options.

    Mr. Dauer said he had recently signed “some terrific young girls,” but that he no longer managed Ms. Phillips or Ms. LaRue. “I don’t know how I got in the middle of this,” he said. “All I know is that I’m a key witness with $120 million at stake. I can’t even imagine a sum of money like that.”

    “I had no idea how big this would be,” he continued. “A friend of mine said maybe I should take a trip, get out of town. And another friend asked me, ‘Has the head of a dead horse shown up in your bed yet?’”

    Without prompting, Mr. Dauer denied that he had attempted to blackmail Mr. Moonves. “I wouldn’t even know how to blackmail someone,” he said. “Not in my wildest dreams. Yes, I did try to get my clients parts. That’s my job. That’s what managers do.”

    Sarah Michelle Gellar apologizes after fat-shaming accusations

    (11/22/18) Sarah Michelle Gellar says she wasn’t attempting to fat-shame anyone with her recent Thanksgiving post about overeating.

    “It’s come to my attention that some people think I was ‘fat shaming’ with this post,” Gellar, 41, wrote in the post’s comments section. “That could not be further from my intentions. I love Thanksgiving and unfortunately my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and I tend to eat so much I make myself sick.”

    Over the weekend, Gellar posted several sexy snaps showing off her thin body with a caption warning herself not to overeat this holiday season. It wasn’t well received with many followers suggesting she was fat-shaming those who choose to indulge.

    “This was a joking reminder to myself not to do that,” Gellar added in her apology. “I’m terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humor. Any one that knows me, knows I would never intentionally ‘shame’ any one on any basis. I am a champion of all people.”

    Gellar didn’t remove the post or edit the caption following the blunder.

    Her written apology earned her over 2,000 likes and many responses. Some people even came to her defense.

    One person insisted, “You do not need to apologize for taking pride in your health and body and your physical journey – especially not to other women who should all be supportive of each other. Not one thing you did was about anyone but yourself.”

    Jacob Young Previews His 'Killer' New Movie Role

    (11/21/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Since choosing not to renew his contract with THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL to explore other career options, Jacob Young (Rick) has been keeping very busy with new music and new roles, like the one in the upcoming movie, Killer Vacation, which reunites him with his former ALL MY CHILDREN castmate Alexa Havins! The two played JR and Babe on the ABC sudser, and were thrilled to be reunited on the film set. “It was great!” Young enthused to Soaps In Depth. “We hadn’t seen each other — I don’t know, almost probably seven, eight years — but it was easy because we hit it right back off. And I feel like in many ways, the characters that we played in this film were not too far off from the characters we played on AMC.”

    In the thriller, premiering Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime Movie Network, Young and Havins play Jake and Lindsey, a couple who have been together for years, ever since he learned his wife had cheated on him. When Jake discovers Lindsey is pregnant, he offers to marry her as soon as his divorce is final and whisks her off to New Mexico for a “babymoon.” However, when an accident nearly takes Lindsey’s life and she suspects Jake’s soon-to-be-ex wife, Gwen, the mystery deepens. Gwen insists there was never any affair, and Jake just likes to sleep with pretty young women but when they get too close, he takes them on vacations from which they never return! But is Jake the dangerous one, or might it be Gwen, out for revenge?

    Young was excited to sink his teeth into a darker role, one where his character could be a cold-blooded killer! “Nice guy is okay,” he admitted, “but when you have one that’s stirring up the pot and creating all the animosity with all the other characters, it sure is a lot more fun!”

    Babe met a tragic fate on AMC, but will Havins’ character in Killer Vacation also come to an unfortunate end? Is she really involved with a serial killer? Young appreciated the tightrope he had to walk as an actor playing Jake so he’s suspicious without giving away the ending of the story from the start. “I think you just gotta really start to believe your own lie,” the actor mused. “You want to make sure that whatever you’re saying is as genuine as you believe it to be.”

    Before you tune in, get a taste of the mystery in this special preview! (Video)

    Be sure to tune in to the Lifetime Movie Network to see the two AMC actors reunited on screen again in Killer Vacation.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar telling herself ‘not to overeat’ on Thanksgiving

    (11/21/18) Sarah Michelle Gellar has devised a plan to help her avoid overeating on Thanksgiving.

    The actress, 41, shared a series of racy snapshots on Instagram Monday in hopes of reminding herself to be cautious on Thursday.

    “I’m just going to pin these up all over my house as a reminder not to overeat on Thanksgiving #ThanksgivingPrep,” she captioned the photos that show off her thin frame.

    It’s unclear when the pictures were taken, but some fans in the comments weren’t pleased with Gellar’s message.

    “Please do overeat,” one person responded. “Life has to be fun and few pounds up or down.. we are all still looking fab :)) so are you.”

    Another wrote, “Because women don’t have enough reminders to starve themselves and stress about eating…”

    While another chimed in, “Diet culture is a hell of a drug, girl.”

    Some defended Gellar, with one person writing, “It’s your body! You are entitled to have an opinion about your own body! You have said nothing about people’s bodies.”

    Celebrities also chimed into the comments. Tiffany Thiessen quipped, “Is it weird if I wanna pin these pics of you in my house too?”

    Debra Messing wrote, “Are you KIDDING ME!?!” while Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi added, “KAWEEN.”

    Kelly Ripa’s ‘Live’ ratings crush Michael Strahan’s ‘GMA Day’

    (11/18/18) Kelly Ripa may get the last laugh.

    Ripa was unforgettably furious when Michael Strahan was airlifted out of her “Live! With Kelly and Michael” show to be moved on to greater things on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

    But TV insiders point out that Strahan’s own talk show, “GMA Day,” is being handily beaten by Ripa and her new partner, Ryan Seacrest.

    Although it’s very early days — “GMA Day” premiered Sept. 10 — early numbers have it trailing his former show by more than a million viewers.

    Nielsen stats show “GMA Day” with 1.76 million viewers, while Ripa’s show brought in 2.85 million during the same period. Meanwhile, Strahan’s show, which he co-hosts with Sara Haines, was also down from the “The Chew,” the cooking-based chat show that it replaced.

    “The Chew” — canceled after panelist Mario Batali was fired because of the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him — was getting 2.25 million viewers last year.

    In April 2016, Ripa sensationally went on strike after learning that execs had taken Strahan off the syndicated “Live!” — without consulting her — to move him onto ABC’s flagship morning show, “Good Morning America.”

    But a source close to Strahan told us, “Michael is having a great time working at ‘GMA’ and ‘GMA Day.’ He isn’t worried at all. He recognizes that ‘GMA Day’ is a new show, and sometimes it takes a minute to get it going. He loves working with Sara and the new team and is very happy being there.”

    ABC News president James Goldston told us, “We’re incredibly happy with Michael and Sara and their performance on the show. We are two months in, ahead of schedule and right on track. Michael brings the leadership we know so well from his football days to the show — we couldn’t be in better hands.”

    An insider pointed out that “The Chew” — which became a beloved daytime fixture — began at a similar pace.

    Michael B. Jordan thinks he can hold his own in a fight

    (11/16/18) Micahel B. Jordan — who stars in “Creed II” — is modest about his fighting skills off-screen.

    “Yeah, my hands are cool,” he told us at the film’s premiere when asked if he could handle himself in a fight.

    His longtime pal and former E News! host Terrence J chimed in, “It depends on who we fighting. Michael definitely has hands in real life but he also has a career. So it depends on where the fight is, how many cameras are around. That all determines how bad we gonna go in on this fight.”

    Designated Survivor Adds Lauren Holly for Season 3 on Netflix

    (11/16/18) Designated Survivor has added NCIS alum Lauren Holly as well as former L.A. Complex resident Benjamin Watson for Season 3, which will stream on Netflix.

    As reported by our sister site Deadline, Holly will recur as Lynn Harper, the wife of President Kirkman’s new Chief of Staff, Mars Harper (played by ER vet Anthony Edwards). As the result of her recuperation from a back injury, Lynn suffers from an opiate addiction.

    Watson meanwhile will recur as Dontae Evans, the West Wing’s new Digital Officer. As a gay black man, he doesn’t shy away from doing what he can to see that Kirkman’s administration keeps its eye on issues that affect African Americans and LGBTQ individuals.

    Other, previously announced castings for Season 3 include Elena Tovar (General Hospital) as Isabel, the White House’s director of social innovation.

    Holly’s previous TV credits include Motive, Chicago Hope and Picket Fences, while Watson recurred during Season 3 of The Killing.

    Tamara Braun Shares the Inspirational Story of How She Rescued Her Dog

    (11/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Tamara Braun met her dog, Little, last June, the poor guy was a bit of a mess. “He was hit by a car and found on the side of the road near USC by a student after her class,” she revealed to Soaps In Depth of the cutie, who had broken his pelvis. “I got him three days after his accident. He couldn’t walk. He was highly medicated. He was scrawny and malnourished. I fell in love.”

    After the L.A. Pet Clinic fixed him up, Braun signed on to foster the little guy back to health and almost a year later, she hasn’t let go. “I love just being with him, cuddling, getting kisses, playing fetch — he’s still learning that you have to bring the toy back!” she laughed. “I enjoy taking him on walks and watching him run around.”

    Little even goes on errands and tools around town with his mom, who is an outspoken advocate for animals. “They don’t have a voice, so someone needs to be their voice,” Braun declared. “They are vulnerable and innocent creatures, like children, and we need to protect the innocent. We need to care for and give love to the vulnerable, innocent and voiceless.”

    While there are countless admirable rescue organizations, Braun has an affinity for The REAL Bark, where she got her first foster dog. “They do absolutely incredible, selfless work with dogs,” she raves. “Jf, who runs it, and his team are angels on earth.”

    Braun adds a reminder that little humans also sometimes need our help. “The Tanzanian Children’s Fund is an organization so dear to my heart,” she shares. “I sponsor a couple of children and have spent some of the best days of my life at their children’s village.” Wether talking humans or four- legged friends, Braun concludes, “Love them. Be kind. Be gentle.”

    Morning Show Appearance

    (11/11/18) Good Morning America - ABC

    Monday, Nov. 12 – actor Michael B. Jordan (“Creed II”)

    Dishing with Digest - 11/9/18 - Peter Bergman

    (11/9/18) Y&R’s Peter Bergman Traces His Soap Roots (Listen / download)

    Peter Bergman talks about his incredible Y&R run as Jack, his emotional ALL MY CHILDREN exit, how he never expected to do a soap and more with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss actors who found popularity in multiple daytime roles.

    B&B’s Young Cast In Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie

    (11/9/18) Jacob Young (Rick, B&B) has been cast in the Hallmark Channel movie CHRISTMAS MADE TO ORDER as Jeff. The movie will debut on the Hallmark Channel on December 23 at 8 PM EST/7 PM C. The actor stars in the film alongside Jonathan Bennett, who, like Young, also played JR on ALL MY CHILDREN.

    Alec Baldwin, Cecily Strong Set For Broadway’s ‘Celebrity Autobiography’; Rachel Dratch, Susan Lucci In Line-Up

    (11/8/18) Alec Baldwin, Cecily Strong, Rachel Dratch and Susan Lucci are among the stars heading to Broadway for a four-night stand of Celebrity Autobiography, the comedy in which celebrities read the memoirs of other celebrities.

    The show will run on four consecutive holiday-season Mondays at the Marquis Theatre beginning Nov. 26. Each performance will include a different line-up of the rotating cast members (see below for the complete roster).

    In addition to Baldwin, Strong, Dratch and Lucci, the cast includes Lewis Black, Mario Cantone, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel and Antoni Porowski.

    The teaming of Baldwin, Strong and Dratch reunites the Saturday Night Live players. The Baldwin casting is his first announced gig since his arrest in New York last week for allegedly punching a man over a parking space dispute. Yesterday, ABC moved The Alec Baldwin Show from Sundays to Saturdays.

    Created by writer-performer Pack and developed by Pack and Reyfel, Celebrity Autobiography features cast members performing from actual celebrity memoirs.

    The show features “mashups” with the entire cast performing multiple memoirs covering themes such as fitness, music, food, sports, politics, celebrity poetry, and Hollywood love triangles. For example, the love story of Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher, and Richard Burton is told from all sides.

    Various productions of Celebrity Autobiography have played Off Broadway, London’s West End, Edinburgh, and Australia’s Sydney Opera House over the past 10 years. The show is produced on Broadway by MagicSpace Entertainment, Angelo Fraboni, Carl Pasbjerg, Dayle Reyfel and EP Productions. (On other nights during the holiday season, Broadway’s Marquis Theatre plays host to The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays.)

    Though individual performance lineups are subject to change, the four Monday-night line-ups are:

    November 26
    Lewis Black
    Mario Cantone
    Rachel Dratch
    Eugene Pack
    Dayle Reyfel
    Cecily Strong

    December 3
    Mario Cantone
    Rachel Dratch
    Susan Lucci
    Eugene Pack
    Dayle Reyfel

    December 10
    Alec Baldwin
    Mario Cantone
    Rachel Dratch
    Eugene Pack
    Dayle Reyfel
    Cecily Strong

    December 17
    Mario Cantone
    Rachel Dratch
    Susan Lucci
    Eugene Pack
    Antoni Porowski
    Dayle Reyfel.

    Riverdale Enlists Kelly Ripa to Play Hiram Lodge's [Spoiler]

    (11/6/18) Hiram Lodge is cheating on his TV wife with his real-life wife! Riverdale star Mark Consuelos’ spouse Kelly Ripa will guest-star on the CW series as Hiram’s alleged mistress.

    Ripa broke the news via an Instagram post on Tuesday evening, writing, “It’s a family affair. Hiram’s mistress. 23 years of auditioning for a role I was born to play.” (Ripa and Consuelos’ son Michael appears in this Wednesday’s flashback episode — get scoop on the installment here — as a younger version of Hiram.)

    According to Us Weekly, Ripa’s character, the confident Mrs. Mulwray, is “a beautiful, icy femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.” (Anyone else hoping for a Mrs. Mulwray vs. Hermione Lodge face-off?)

    Of course, this is not the first time that Ripa and Consuelos have shared the screen: The married couple met on the set of All My Children.

    Kathy Bates on The Big Bang Theory 11/8/18

    (11/3/18) “The Consummation Deviation” – Sheldon tries to bond with Amy’s father, but when Wolowitz lures Mr. Fowler (Teller) away with magic tricks, Sheldon has no choice but to bond with Mrs. Fowler (Kathy Bates). Also, Koothrappali and Anu try to get physical for the first time, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Nov. 8 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Date Night | Justin & Chrishell Hartley

    (11/2/18) (Video) “Our lives can get a little crazy and hectic. And sometimes we just need to escape for some alone time.” - Justin Hartley Watch what happens when we send Justin Hartley and his wife, Chrishell off-the-grid for an unconventional date night. Shop the collection here: https://www.columbia.com/testedtough

    LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN Hosts AMC Reunion For Halloween

    (11/1/18) (Video) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN’s annual Halloween show was ALL MY CHILDREN themed this year, with an AMC “reboot” featuring Pine Valley alumni Susan Lucci (Erica), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Kendall), Mark Consuelos (Mateo) and Eva La Rue (Maria) and a few new faces, including Ryan Seacrest as a recast for Walt Willey’s Jack and Bravo star Andy Cohen taking over the role of Mateo. Check out the antics below.

    ABC Nabs Comedy ‘Work Wife’ Inspired By Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest As Put Pilot

    (11/1/18) ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Work Wife, a half-hour multi-camera comedy inspired by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s real-life friendship, from writer Michael Ian Black, Seacrest’s Ryan Seacrest Productions, Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ NY-based Milojo Productions and ABC Studios, where both Ryan Seacrest Prods and Milojo Prods are based.

    Written by Black, Work Wife is an ensemble half-hour multi-camera comedy that explores the dynamics surrounding our “work spouses,” who have very few boundaries with each other, and how that impacts their relationships with everyone else.

    Black executive produces with Nina Wass, Andrea Shay and Seacrest via Ryan Seacrest Productions and Ripa, Consuelos and Albert Bianchini for Milojo. ABC Studios is the studio.

    Milojo also has half-hour comedy series, The Gomez Way, in development at ABC under its ABC Studios deal.

    Seacrest joined Ripa as co-host and fellow executive producer on the Disney|ABC syndicated entertainment TV talk show Live with Kelly & Ryan last year. The two have been long-time friends, and Seacrest had previously guest hosted on the show. Seacrest also hosts American Idol on ABC and is host and executive producer of ABC’s annual program Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

    As an actor, Black recently recurred on Netflix’s Insatiable, CBS All Access’ The Good Fight and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. He also wrote episodes and appeared on Another Period for Comedy Central.

    Milojo Productions is reped by CAA and attorney Jake Levy with Franklin Weinrib. Ryan Seacrest Prods is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobsen. Black is repped by UTA and Schachter Entertainment.

    James Karen Dies: ‘Poltergeist’ Actor Was 94

    (10/24/18) James Karen (Dr. Burke, As The World Turns/Linc, All My Children) , who is best known for his roles in Poltergeist and The Return of the Living Dead, died October 23 at his home in Los Angeles. His wife Alba confirmed the news. He was 94.

    Born in Wikes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Russian immigrant parents, Karen served in the Air Force during World War II and then went on to attend the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York. in addition to his popular roles in film, he appeared on television and the stage. He got his break when he was the understudy for Karl Malden in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He also appeared in productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Cactus Flower.

    From there, he appeared on As the World Turns as well as All My Children and Eight is Enough. He starred in the 1979 miniseries Blind Ambition and then made appearances in various iconic sitcoms and television shows including The Golden Girls, The Jeffersons and the final TV movie for Little House on the Prairie.

    A lifelong member of the Actors Studio, Karen would go on to appear in a variety of films. He had a role in The China Syndrome opposite Jane Fonda as well as Wall Street, which was one of three collaborations with Oliver Stone. He also appeared as Secretary of State William Rogers in his 1995 pic Nixon as well as the football drama Any Given Sunday in 1999. He had roles in noteworthy movies All the President’s Men (1976), John Cassavetes’ Opening Night (1977), Up Close & Personal (1996), Apt Pupil (1998), and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001). His other credits include the 2006 drama The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith as well as Bender and Cynthia.

    His role in the classic horror pic Poltergeist became a memorable milestone for Karen. Co-written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper, Karen portrayed the real-estate developer who built community of Cuesta Verde atop a cemetery.

    Don't Miss the ALL MY CHILDREN "Reboot" on LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN

    (10/24/18) (Video) Fans of ALL MY CHILDREN are not going to want to miss the Oct. 31 episode of LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN because there’s going to be a special Halloween “Reboooot” of the beloved ABC soap! “We have actors coming from AMC,” Kelly Ripa previewed on a recent episode, “and then certain people are playing other actors.” Her former castmates Susan Lucci (Erica) and Eva LaRue (Maria) will be joining her for the special segment where she will be reprising her role of Hayley, and Ryan Seacrest will be playing the role of Jackson Montgomery, who was played on the soap by Walt Willey.

    Ripa admitted she was impressed that Seacrest was the only one who memorized his lines, even though he wasn’t an actor, and he confessed he just didn’t want to be the one to screw up the scene and make a legend like Lucci have to redo the scene! “Isn’t it amazing how iconic she is?” Ripa marveled. “She walks in and immediately everybody’s like, ‘Erica Kane is here!’ And right away, I went back to being intimidated in the best way. Not in a scary way. Because she’s so iconic that you can’t believe that she’s standing there.”

    LaRue also shared a tease of the Halloween shenanigans on her Instagram and you can see in the photo that not only is Maria wearing her doctor’s coat, but Hayley looks like the punk teen she was when Ripa first debuted on the soap! So be sure to check your local listings and set your DVRs so you don’t miss the fun in the special segment of the LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN Halloween episode!

    Molly Shannon, Glynn Turman, Debbi Morgan Join Marlon Wayans’ Netflix Comedy ‘Sextuplets’

    (10/23/18) Molly Shannon (Private Life, SNL), Glynn Turman (Queen Sugar, How To Get Away With Murder), Michael Ian Black (Insatiable, Wet Hot American Summer) and Debbi Morgan (Power, The Defenders) are set for supporting roles as production on the Netflix original film Sextuplets is currently underway. Starring Marlon Wayans and Bresha Webb, the comedy will get a global release on the streaming platform next year.

    Michael Tiddes (A Haunted House) is at the helm, directing from a script by Mike Glock, Rick Alvarez, and Wayans. The plot centers on Alan (Wayans), a man embarking on a personal journey to meet his birth mother before the arrival of his first child. When Alan meets his brother, Russell, he discovers that he was born a sextuplet and decides to seek out his four other siblings (all played by Wayans).

    Wayans and Alvarez are producing the pic, which is shooting in Atlanta, with Nathan Reimann.

    Shannon is repped by Framework Entertainment and UTA; Turman by Marni Rosenzweig at The Rosenzweig Group and SMS Talent; Black by UTA and Schachter Entertainment; Morgan by PH Entertainment Group.

    Dishing with Digest - 10/19/18 - Elizabeth Hendrickson

    (10/19/18) Elizabeth Hendrickson Weighs In On New GH Role (Listen/download)

    Elizabeth Hendrickson talks to Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about her new role as GH’s Margaux, working with Maurice Benard (Sonny), her AMC past, how she really feels about Chloe’s Y&R exit and more. Plus, we debate how long secrets should last in soap stories.

    B&B Stars Reunite On Stage

    (10/19/18) B&B alums Jeff Trachta (ex-Thorne) and Bobbie Eakes (ex-Macy) will reunite for a concert in Rotterdam at the Niewe Luxor Theater on September 28, 2019. The duo previously performed in the Netherlands city in 1994 and 1995 when they starred on B&B as star-crossed lovers Thorne and Macy, and their concerts were taped and incorporated into the soap. For more information on the show, click here.

    Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest Announce LIVE'S BEST HALLOWEEN SHOW EVER: THE REBOOOOT

    (10/19/18) "Live with Kelly and Ryan" always sets the standard for Halloween, and this year, daytime duo Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest will prove that what's old is definitely new again when they present "Live's Best Halloween Show Ever: the ReBOOOOt" on Oct. 31.

    The 2018 Halloween extravaganza is all about the latest film and TV craze: the reboot. With so many classics returning to the big and small screens, Kelly and Ryan will reinvent and modernize nostalgic favorites in never-before-seen ways. They'll cross decades, bringing the pop-culture phenomena of yesteryear back to life, in "Live's" truly unpredictable and irreverent Halloween style. There will be no shortage of twists and turns throughout the hour as Kelly and Ryan tackle mega-hits such as "Friends," "Top Gun," "I Love Lucy," "The Brady Bunch," "Saved by the Bell," "Laverne and Shirley," "Charlie's Angels" and many more.

    Plus, an epic update of "All My Children," the soap opera where it all began for Kelly, will reunite some of its former stars, including MARK CONSUELOS, SUSAN LUCCI, SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR and EVA LaRUE. Kelly and Ryan also enlist the help of actress BUSY PHILIPPS and actor JENSEN ACKLES as they audition for an unexpected reboot of the hit 1990s series "Dawson's Creek." Among the others making appearances will be superstar CHRISTINA AGUILERA, "Watch What Happens Live" host ANDY COHEN, actor JOHN STAMOS, actress FAITH FORD, "Property Brothers" DREW and JONATHAN SCOTT, and actress and comedian CAROLINE RHEA.

    The morning kicks off with a special Facebook Live pre-show, capturing all the backstage excitement and final preparations in the moments leading up to the start of the show. The pre-show will give viewers at home an exclusive first-hand look at what lies ahead during the action-packed hour.

    The show culminates with "Live's Halloween Costume Contest," when members of the audience will wow with their intricate, almost unbelievable, creations. This year's winners will go home with prizes totaling $10,000. And for those who are unable to make it to the studio, "Live" has teamed up with Amazon Prime for "Live's Halloween Boxtume Contest." To enter, viewers must send in a photo of their homemade "boxtume" - a costume made out of boxes - for the chance to win a $5,000 Amazon.Com gift card. The four finalists will be featured during the Halloween show, and viewers will vote on their favorite. For further details and to submit a photo, viewers can visit https://kellyandryan.com/live/lives-halloween-boxtume-contest-landing/.

    "Live with Kelly and Ryan" is distributed in national Syndication by Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution. The show is produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive produced by Michael Gelman, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. Visit "Live" on the web (KellyandRyan.com), Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat (@LiveKellyRyan).

    Michael B. Jordan To Star In, Produce Hitman Tale ‘The Silver Bear’ For Lionsgate

    (10/18/18) Black Panther and Creed II star Michael B. Jordan will play the deadly assassin Columbus in The Silver Bear, a potential franchise launch for Lionsgate based on the book series by Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma screenwriter Derek Haas. Frank Baldwin (The Godmother) has written the script that tells the formative story of a man who becomes the most feared and respected hit man in the criminal underworld.

    The film will be produced by Jordan through Outlier Society and Nickel City Pictures’ Vishal Rungta, Mark Fasano, Ankur Rungta. Haas, Michael Garnett and Tobias Weymar will serve as executive producers.

    Haas wrote three followup novels featuring an assassin who is so effective he becomes what Russian criminals call a silver bear: he never fails, and he seems immune to the stresses of his work. But he comes up against his own nightmarish origins when he takes on the job of killing the Speaker of the House, who is also a leading presidential candidate—and Columbus’ father. Beyond playing strong physical roles in Black Panther and the upcoming Creed sequel, Jordan has been gathering steam for his Outlier Society, the production shingle he formed in 2016 with Alana Mayo heading production and development. He’s shooting the Destin Daniel Cretton-directed Just Mercy, and Outlier Society has a slate of percolating projects that includes Gen:Lock, Raising Dion and David Makes Man.

    Nickel City optioned the rights to the book franchise last year and hired Baldwin, who also scripted the Liam Neeson-starrer Hard Powder.

    Said Nickel City’s Rungta: “We could not be more excited to work with Michael and Lionsgate. We have been huge fans of Michael all the way back to his days in The Wire, and from our first meeting we knew that he was the perfect fit for the role of Columbus.”

    In confirming the story exclusively for Deadline, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake called The Silver Bear “the kind of story that needs to be experienced on the big screen and Michael is the perfect movie star to inhabit the skin of this dynamic character and take us into the cinematic world of Columbus.”

    Jordan is represented by WME and attorney Greg Slewett. Haas is WME and Adam Kaller; Baldwin is Syndicate Entertainment, Leverage Management and Stuart Rosenthal. WME and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal represent Outlier Society and Endeavor Content and Jerry Dasti of Sloss Eckhouse LawCo represented Nickel City Pictures.

    ‘Write When You Get Work’, With Finn Wittrock & Rachel Keller, Gets Theatrical Date Via Abramorama

    (10/11/18) Abramorama has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Write When You Get Work, the new movie from My New Gun writer-director Stacy Cochran. The romantic comedy starring Finn Wittrock and Rachel Keller, who play former lovers whose paths cross years later (with a heist thrown in for good measure), will bow in New York beginning November 23 ahead of a cross-country rollout in which Cochran will be on hand for a Q&A following each city screening. Emily Mortimer also stars.

    Cochran calls her first feature since 2000 a “comedy, a love story, and a portrait of New York, a city where people live and walk in unexpected combinations, in their own heads but also together.” Set in New York at a private school for girls and in the world outside its exclusive walls, the pic centers on Ruth Duffy (Keller), a woman working to put her tumultuous days behind her and establish a career on the lower rungs of the Upper East Side. Jonny Collins (Wittrock) is the man she least wants to see, but whose efforts to infiltrate her life seem unimpeded by locks or windows. And Nan Noble (Mortimer) is a member of the entitled class whose pronouncements reveal the fears and cluelessness of life on the inside. Scott Cohen and Jessica Hecht co-star.

    Producers are Alison Beckett, Adam Gibbs, Jesse Ozeri and Cochran, with Karoline Durr, Eric N Heffron, Raife Burchell and Henry Hall executive producing. Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood) was the DP.

    “We’re honored to be involved with Stacy Cochran’s return to feature filmmaking,” Abramorama CEO Richard Abramowitz said. “Write When You Get Work will play across the country, often with Stacy present to engage directly with the audience, as we continue to find new ways to put quality films into the theatrical arena.”

    Kelly Ripa Dishes Her Love For Digest

    (10/11/18) This morning on LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, Ryan Seacrest told the audience about catching co-host Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley, ALL MY CHILDREN) reading Soap Opera Digest in her dressing room. Check out her explanation, and their hilarious exchange here.

    Josh Duhamel & Leslie Bibb Topline Indie Drama ‘The Lost Husband’ From Six Foot Pictures

    (10/7/18) Transformers star Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb, who was last seen in the WB comedy, Tag, are set to star in The Lost Husband, an indie film which is being directed by Vicky Wight. Nora Dunn (The Oath), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (BlacKkKlansman), and Herizen Guardiola (Dare Me) will also star in the film, slated to go before cameras next week in Austin. Based on the novel by Katherine Center, the film was written by Wight, who is also producing under her Six Foot Pictures banner.

    The story centers on Libby who, trying to put her life back together after the death of her husband, moves to her estranged Aunt’s goat farm with her children in Central Texas.

    Bibb and Bridget Stokes are also producing the project with Wight.

    Duhamel’s recent credits include the USA true crime true crime anthology series Unsolved and Fox 2000’s comedy/drama Love, Simon. Bibb currently recurs on ABC’s American Housewife and co-stars opposite Nicolas Cage and Laurence Fishburne in the upcoming film, Running with the Devil.

    Duhamel and Bibb are both repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management. Guardiola is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and TMWRK Management.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar Supports Buffy Reboot Amid Fan Backlash

    (10/5/18) Sarah Michelle Gellar is here for the much-talked-about Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot.

    The upcoming Joss Whedon-produced show was first confirmed in July with a black actress in the starring role of Buffy Summers, which Gellar made famous for seven seasons until 2003.

    Following the announcement, the Buffyverse has become a divided fanbase as many continue to share mixed reactions over the reboot that will not feature Gellar in the titular role.

    “At the end of the day, it’s all about great storytelling,” Gellar, 41, tells PEOPLE. “If a story lives on, then I think it should be told in any incarnation it can be told in.”

    Gellar’s positive comments about the Buffy reboot came hours after her former costar David Boreanaz addressed a packed room of Buffy fans at New York Comic-Con, where rounds of audible boos were reportedly heard when the reboot was discussed.

    “Come on, guys. It’s a good thing. Let’s just embrace [it]. I’m very happy for them. They want to embrace a new generation, something new. … I’m all for it. I think it’s fantastic. Good for them. I hope that it becomes huge and successful,” Boreanaz said at a panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s Lynette Rice, according to multiple outlets.

    And Gellar agrees with Boreanaz, telling PEOPLE: “I’m with David.”

    The fan backlash was so strong it previously prompted the reboot’s showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen to release a statement assuring the Buffyverse that “there is only one Buffy.”

    In July, Owusu-Breen tweeted: “They can’t be replaced. Joss Whedon’s brilliant and beautiful series can’t be replicated. I wouldn’t try to. But here we are, twenty years later… and the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer.”

    Last March, Gellar and Boreanaz reunited with Whedon, Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters, Seth Green, Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kristine Sutherland, Alexis Denisof and Nicholas Brendon in celebration of Buffy the Vampire Slayer turning 20 years old.

    “I’m so incredibly proud of what we all created. Sometimes you need distance to really understand the gravitas of that,” Gellar told Entertainment Weekly, who organized the get-together. “I appreciate everything about that job. As an actor, all you ever want to do is leave your mark — you want to do something that affects people.”

    Obba Babatundé on S.W.A.T. 10/11/18

    (10/5/18) “Fire and Smoke” – The SWAT team is enlisted by Hondo’s new romantic interest, Deputy District Attorney Nia Wells (Nikiva Dionne), to protect the jurors of a high-profile bribery trial, after some of them are targeted by organized crime in a series of fire-bombings, on S.W.A.T., Thursday, Oct. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes : Nikiva Dionne (Nia Wells), Joseph Lee Anderson (Tony), Obba Babatundé (Daniel Harrelson, Sr.)

    Lifetime Greenlights ‘Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter’ And ‘Death Of A Cheerleader’ Remake

    (10/4/18) Lifetime Greenlights ‘Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter’ And ‘Death Of A Cheerleader’ Remake.

    Lifetime said today it has greenlit two movies for 2019 to add to the network’s collection of originals. The first is Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter, which will be executive produced, narrated, and co-written by the real-life Victoria Gotti. The second is a remake of Death of a Cheerleader, the cult hit that< originally starred Kellie Martin, who will be back for the new iteration.

    Victoria Gotti takes us deep into the world of what it was like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world. Chelsea Frei will play the titular Victoria as she shares never-before-revealed stories about her life, from being a sensitive child growing up with her father (Maurice Benard), the tragedy of her younger brother’s death, and her relationship with a the man who would become her husband — a relationship her father did not approve of.

    Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter is produced by Relevé Entertainment for Lifetime with Victoria Gotti. Jennifer Wachtell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Holly Carter (Home is Where You Find It) will serve as executive producers. Catherine Cyran (The Prince & Me) directed the script co-written by Gotti and David Schneiderman (Chasing Liberty). The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti. Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating her story.

    Inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate, Death of a Cheerleader stars Aubrey Peeples as Bridget Moretti, a shy outsider from a lower middle-class background who aspires to be beautiful, popular and perfect in everything. She believes that her key to all of this would be the rich and popular Kelly Locke (Sarah Dugdale), who is the leader of the school’s most prestigious clique. When Bridget tries to develop a friendship with Kelly, things don’t go as planned as she gets rejected. It leaves her humiliated and fuels a jealous rage that will lead to murder.

    Martin starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original, and returns to play the FBI agent who cracks the case.

    Death of a Cheerleader is produced by Just Singer Entertainment and Reunion Pacific Entertainment. Executive producers are Matthew O’Connor, Paddy Bickerton, Steve White and Sheri Singer. Paul Shapiro directs the script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.

    Frei is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency.

    Matt Bomer Joins DC's Doom Patrol, Kaley Cuoco to Voice Harley Quinn

    (10/4/18) The upstart DC Universe streaming service kicked off New York Comic-Con on Wednesday night by announcing that Matt Bomer has boarded its live-action Doom Patrol series.

    Bomer (White Collar, The Last Tycoon) will provide the voiceover performance for Negative Man, and also appear as the superhero’s alter ego, Larry Trainor, in flashback scenes. (Matthew Zuk will provide Negative Man’s physical performance, on set in costume.)

    Brendan Fraser leads Doom Patrol as the voice of Robotoman/playing Cliff Steele in flashbacks, while Joivan Wade will play Victor Stone/Cyborg, Timothy Dalton is Niles Caulder/The Chief, April Bowlby is Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero is Crazy Jane and Alan Tudyk will play Mr. Nobody.

    DC Universe also used the occasion of Titans‘ world premiere screening to announce that The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco will voice Harley Quinn in its upcoming “adult animated comedy” of the same name.

    Cuoco, who will also serve as an EP on Harley Quinn, leads a voice cast that also includes Tudyk, Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital), Ron Funches (Undateable), JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Wanda Sykes (black-ish), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Natalie Morales (Parks and Rec), Jim Rash (Community), Diedrich Bader (Veep), Tony Hale (Veep) and Chris Meloni (Happy!).

    Mischa Barton joins ‘The Hills’ reboot

    (10/4/18) Troubled actress Mischa Barton is getting a chance to reinvent herself after years of setbacks and scandals.

    RadarOnline.com can confirm Barton, 32, will join the cast of The Hills reboot, which is set to premiere in 2019.

    Barton will star alongside most of the original cast, as well as their children, friends and some new faces.

    Confirmed stars include Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Brody Jenner, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, Jason Wahler, Stephanie Pratt, Justin Bobby and Frankie Delgado.

    Barton quickly rose to fame at 17 for her starring role on The O.C., which premiered in 2003 and became a cult phenomenon almost overnight. The FOX hit series inspired MTV’s reality show Laguna Beach, which eventually spun off into The Hills.

    The new gig will offer the actress a chance at finally reinventing herself.

    The troubled actress’ career has been on the skids since her stint on The O.C. ended in 2007.

    Since then she’s faced a slew of setbacks. In June 2017, she was forced to drag ex Jon Zacharias to court to ban him from circulating their sex tape.

    In the same year, Barton was rushed to the hospital for a mental evaluation after cops were called to her West Hollywood home.

    The 31-year-old actress was reportedly spotted in her backyard hanging over the fence, babbling about her mother and spitting out “incoherent statements.”

    Barton claimed her meltdown started after she was given the date rape drug GHB. But as Radar has reported, those close to Barton suggest her personal demons run deep.

    But that incident was just one of many.

    A pal close to Barton told Radar last year Barton was allegedly caught doing mushrooms at a dinner party in recent years. “It wasn’t the kind you eat either. Who does shrooms at a dinner party?” the insider revealed.

    Then, just two weeks later, the source revealed Barton was at a bar in NYC smoking pot and doing coke. “She was openly using her hand to snort coke off of in this tiny space,” the snitch claimed.

    Sources told Radar at the time “Mischa has been on this downward spiral for years now.”

    An insider told Radar exclusively, “Her attempts at getting healthy have always failed. She took on Dancing With The Stars to make some money and try to clean up her act — but that didn’t help.”

    Get Shopping! Susan Lucci Auctions Designer Pieces For Charity Starting At $1

    (10/3/18) How fun! Susan Lucci is arguably one of the most stylish celebrities in Hollywood, so when we heard she's auctioning off her designer items starting at just $1, we were ecstatic. The All My Children star's closet clean out includes red carpet gowns, signed memorabilia, accessories, and more!

    The 71-year-old has partnered with auction house Everything But The House (EBTH) to benefit the charity Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York. The non-profit voluntary agency serves families and individuals with developmental disabilities in NYC and Long Island.

    During a sit-down with People, Susan joked about the auction process. "Everything But the House sent me pictures of what was going up for auction, and I was like, 'Really? Did I give them those Alaïa boots with the little studs? Really? Why did I do that? Okay then. Well... okay. They’re gone,'" she said laughing.

    But while the actress is one of the fittest stars out there (she credits Pilates and a healthy diet for her impressive figure), there's no need to worry — you don't have to be as slim as her to shop at this auction! "You don’t have to be my size to shop, there's a whole lot of jewelry from my HSN collection and a lot of accessories and handbags that are Chanel, and Jimmy Choo, and Valentino, and Prada. If you are a size six in a shoe, you’re going to have a treat," she confessed to the news outlet.

    And while we're delighted to get our hands on some of Susan Lucci's prized possessions, her husband, Helmut Huber, feels quite the opposite! In fact, he was relieved about Susan's auction. "My husband is not a saver. I am a saver... not a hoarder, but a saver," she says. "And I take good care of things. So, things are in really good condition." We'll be shopping from now through Oct. 10 if you need us!

    Susan Lucci booked for 'Celebrity Autobiography' in Stony Brook

    (10/3/18) Celebrities’ lives are open books, so who better than the queen of daytime soaps to do a “dramatic” reading of them?

    Actress Susan Lucci, best known as the devious Erica Kane on the ABC soap “All My Children” from 1970 to 2011, is among the performers who will appear in “Celebrity Autobiography” at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts on Oct. 27. Joining the Garden City High School graduate in the popular comedy production will be actor-comedian Mario Cantone, “Feud” actress Jackie Hoffman, and “Celebrity Autobiography” creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel.

    The show gets it laughs from the actors’ sincere interpretations of such literary passages as the poetry of Suzanne Somers, romantic advice from Tommy Lee, and words of wisdom from Cher, Britney Spears and the Kardashian clan.

    The performance is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $48. For reservations, call 631-632-2787 or go to stallercenter.com

    Video: Thorsten Kaye and Ingo Rademacher

    (10/3/18) Thorsten Kaye and Ingo Rademacher Facebook Live: Video.

    Susan Lucci, 71, spills her secrets to aging beautifully

    (10/2/18) (pagesix.com) It’s rare that a celebrity commends the paparazzi for their work, but perhaps even rarer that a star looks as stunning in a swimsuit at age 71 as Susan Lucci does.

    During a trip to Barbados with her husband last winter, the soap opera icon “had no idea” she was being followed by cameramen until photos of herself in a swimsuit popped up online — and swiftly went viral, thanks to Lucci’s age-defying appearance.

    “I wanted to thank them because they took such nice pictures,” Lucci told Page Six of the stealthy photogs. “I never heard of anybody looking for the paparazzi to thank them!”

    But the “All My Children” alum is the first to admit that she didn’t stumble into her sculpted physique by accident: She works out “almost every day” using her beloved Pilates Pro Chair, and wakes up extra early to ensure she squeezes in her daily sweat session.

    That way, Lucci said, “All day long, no matter what happens, I know I’ve done something good for myself. And I have more energy!”

    The Emmy winner also sticks to a diet she describes as “a balancing act,” full of fruits and vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats. She’ll treat herself to the occasional glass of champagne or plate of spaghetti (“I’m half-Italian — I will start shaking if I don’t have pasta!” she exclaimed), but Lucci typically skips the sweets, instead sipping hot water with lemon throughout the day.

    “You get the comfort of a warm liquid, but it also helps balance your pH, boost your immune system [and] metabolism, and certainly it hydrates,” she explained of her favorite beverage. “So it’s good for your skin, it’s good for your body and it’s good for your well-being.”

    Speaking of skincare, Lucci confessed that “there’s some discipline involved” when it comes to getting her youthful glow.

    “No matter how tired I am, I will take off my makeup thoroughly,” she said, “because your skin repairs itself overnight. I use my Clé de Peau Beauté foaming cleanser, my SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum and La Mer eye cream and moisturizer.”

    When she’s not striking a pose in a swimsuit, Lucci is stepping out in stylish looks from the likes of Chanel, Gucci and Valentino, and recently decided to part with hundreds of her many designer treasures for a good cause, partnering with Everything But the House for an auction benefitting Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York.

    Among Lucci’s personal favorites from her closet cleanout? “There’s a gorgeous emerald-green Gucci bag that I just love, a beaded Valentino day-into-evening bag… I mean, some of these things, I look at and think, ‘Did I really put those Alaïa boots up for auction?'”

    And fans don’t have to be the star’s size to shop her sale, which will run through October 10 — “although if you’re a size 6 shoe, you’re gonna find a lot of Louboutins and be a very happy person!” she said with a laugh.

    ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Canceled By Showtime After 2 Seasons

    (9/29/18) Showtime has opted not to proceed with a third season of dark comedy series I’m Dying Up Here, executive produced by Jim Carrey.

    I’m Dying Up Here had difficulty attracting a wide audience from the get-go. Yet, Showtime brass gave the show another chance with a Season 2 renewal and shortly thereafter greenlighted Kidding, a new series starring Carrey. That series recently launched to so-so linear ratings but has been driving subscriptions to the Showtime digital service and is looking good for renewal.

    As for I’m Dying Up Here, the comedy-drama started its second season with 168,000 Live+same day viewers for the premiere and ended with 162,000 for the finale. There was some promising signs early on when the show’s viewership jumped to 232,000 for Episode 2 but the uptick was short-lived.

    Created and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Carrey and Michael Aguilar, I’m Dying Up Here explored L.A.’s famed ’70s stand-up comedy scene, with an ensemble cast led by Melissa Leo and Ari Graynor.

    'Creed 2’ Trailer: Adonis Creed & Viktor Drago Get Ready To Rumble

    (9/27/18) (Video) MGM and Warner Bros have released the newest trailer for Creed 2, the follow-up to the hit Rocky franchise reboot that stars Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, now training Jordan’s Adonis Creed. The studios are ramping up toward the pic’s November 21 release date.

    The sequel, which has Steven Caple Jr taking over for Ryan Coogler in the director’s chair, takes a mighty swing at evolving the arc of one of the original series’ best characters: Rocky IV‘s Ivan Drago, who killed Apollo in the ring, setting up one of the franchise’s most epic fights when Drago and Rocky met.

    In the new pic, written by Stallone, Drago (reprised by Dolph Lundgren) is training his son (Florian Munteanu), who wants a piece of Adonis. Adonis takes the fight as he and Rocky confront their shared legacy. Tessa Thompson stars as Creed’s wife, and Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward and Russell Hornsby co-star.

    Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton and Stallone are producers. Coogler is aboard as executive producer with Jordan and Guy Riedel.

    Check out the new trailer above.

    Lifetime Decks Its Halls With 23 Holiday-Themed Movies & More Cheer

    (9/25/18) We’re just one day past the autumnal equinox, but Lifetime already is in the holiday spirit. The cable channel has unwrapped its slate of Christmas movies, and there are 14 new originals under the tree this year along with nine acquired pics and a couple of specials.

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the A+E Networks-owned net unveils its telepic slate billed as It’s a Wonderful Lifetime. After kicking off November 21 with a week featuring five nights of premieres, each ensuing week of the holiday season will feature new movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Check out the full lineup with descriptions and premiere dates below.

    “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime is back in a major way with more hours of holiday programming than we have ever had before,” said Tanya Lopez, EVP Movies, Limited Series and Original Movie Acquisitions at Lifetime and LMN. “By stacking our originals with beloved stars from some of the most iconic television shows we grew up with, we are tapping into the nostalgic feelings of familiarity and comfort that everyone wants for the holidays.”

    Some of this seasons movies feature reunions of cast members from such popular bygone TV series as The Cosby Show, A Different World, 7th Heaven and Sister, Sister. Also on tap is the previously announced hourlong special ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion, in which cast members Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner and Stephen Colletti from the 2003-12 WB/CW series regather for an evening that also will include a few surprise special guests.

    Among the stars set for Lifetime’s 2018 holiday movies are Toni Braxton, Melissa Joan Hart, Megan Hilty, Tia Mowry-Hardict, Sarah Drew, Marissa Winokur, Loretta Devine, Cheryl Ladd, June Squibb, Sharon Lawrence, John Schneider, Jason London, Tiya Sicar, Diane Ladd, Towanda Braxton, Conchata Ferrell, Gloria Reuben, Rachel Boston, Patricia Richardson, Caroline Rhea, Michael Gross and Melissa Gilbert.

    Here is the full slate of original holiday fare from Lifetime, including premiere dates, followed by its acquired films:

    It’s A Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special
    November 17th at 10 p.m.
    Hosted by Melissa Joan Hart

    What if Lifetime never made Christmas movies? In this special, hosted by Melissa Joan Hart, we will be taken on a journey that explores how terrible life would be without Lifetime Christmas movies to bring us holiday cheer. Melissa will be visited by the “host” of Lifetime Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and along the way, she will preview the 14 exciting movies that are coming to Lifetime this holiday season. Once this special is over, you won’t be able to imagine a world without the magic of Lifetime Christmas. It’s A Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special is produced by A+E OriginalsTM. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Allie Breslin serve as executive producers. Brie Miranda Bryant executive produces for Lifetime.
    My Christmas Inn
    November 21st at 8 p.m.
    Starring Tia Mowry-Hardict, Rob Mayes, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid & Erin Gray

    With the holiday season in full swing, Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict) is about to score a big promotion at the San Francisco ad agency where she works. But her life is unexpectedly turned upside down when she inherits a cozy inn in Alaska from her aunt. When she goes to inspect the property and meets handsome town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes), she’s surprised to find that nothing is what she expected. The small town community is full of fun and festive Christmas traditions and soon, Jen starts wondering if the inn might just be the place she belongs, and if Steve could be the Mr. Right she has been waiting for. My Christmas Inn is produced by HYBRID, LLC.

    The Christmas Contract
    November 22nd at 8 p.m.
    Starring One Tree Hill Alums Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner
    And Jordan Ladd, Cheryl Ladd, Bruce Boxleitner, Jason London, Hunter Burke, Teri Wyble & Ritchie Montgomery With Special Musical Appearance from Tyler Hilton

    It’s Jolie’s (Hilarie Burton) first time going back home to Louisiana since her devastating break up with Foster (Hunter Burke). Seeing him is inevitable as their parents run the town’s annual Christmas Market together, but when she discovers Foster is bringing home a new girlfriend, Jolie cannot bear the thought of going home alone and seeing them together. Her best friend Naomi (Danneel Ackles) suggests that Jolie bring her flaky brother, Jack (Robert Buckley), home for Christmas as he has no plans this year. Jolie, a professional web designer, is hesitant; so, Naomi, a lawyer, creates a Christmas contract to give them both something they want—a buffer for those awkward moments around Jolie’s ex and a website to help sell Jack’s upcoming novel. Unbeknownst to them, the Christmas contract proves to be so much more than what they signed up for. The Christmas Contract is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers. Monika Mitchell serves as director with a script by Cassie Doyle.

    ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion
    November 22nd at 10 p.m.
    Featuring Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner & Stephen Colletti

    The Tree Hill Ravens are back together to celebrate the Christmas season on Lifetime. In this special one-hour reunion, Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner of The Christmas Contract and Stephen Colletti of Hometown Christmas, reunite for a special evening that will include a few surprise special guests. ‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion is produced by A+E OriginalsTM. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Allie Breslin serve as executive producers. Brie Miranda Bryant executive produces for Lifetime.

    Poinsettias for Christmas
    November 23rd at 8 p.m.
    Starring Bethany Joy Lenz, Marcus Rosner, Lauren London,
    Sharon Lawrence & John Schneider

    It’s just weeks before Christmas when Ellie (Bethany Joy Lenz) gets a call to return home to help her father (John Schneider) on the family’s poinsettia farm. The family business is on the line to deliver tens of thousands of plants for the town’s annual parade. The problem is – the poinsettias have yet to turn red! As Ellie searches for the solution, she is reminded of where her heart truly lies as she falls in love with both her roots and a local botanist (Marcus Rosner). Poinsettias for Christmas is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment, Inc. Christie Will Wolf directed from a script written by Barbara Kymlicka.

    Every Day is Christmas
    November 24th at 8 p.m.
    Starring Toni Braxton, Gloria Reuben, Towanda Braxton & Michael Jai White

    Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” shrewd money manager Alexis Taylor (Toni Braxton) gets the holiday visit of a lifetime. A self-proclaimed workaholic who “humbugs” love, Alexis ends up embracing the spirit of Christmas when her past, present, and future collide, forcing her to risk the one thing money can’t buy: her heart. Every Day is Christmas is produced by Brightlight Pictures. Kevin Leslie is producer. Toni Braxton, Craig Baumgarten, Kenneth Crear, Shawn Williamson, Jamie Goehring, and Jonathan Shore executive produce. David Weaver directs from a script by Karen Schaler.

    Jingle Belle
    November 25th at 8 p.m.
    Starring Tatyana Ali, Cornelius Smith Jr., Loretta Devine, Valarie Pettiford, Obba Babatunde, Keshia Knight Pulliam & Tempestt Bledsoe

    Every year, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) and her high school sweetheart Mike (Cornelius Smith Jr.), rocked their small town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant with a sweet Christmas duet. But after graduation, Isabelle left to study at Juillard in New York – leaving Mike behind. Years later, when Isabelle returns to her hometown to write music for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant, she is shocked to learn that Mike is the one directing the show. Can Isabelle and Mike put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet? Jingle Belle is produced by Hybrid, LLC.

    A Very Nutty Christmas
    November 30th at 8 p.m.
    Starring Melissa Joan Hart, Barry Watson, Marissa Winokur, Conchata Ferrell & Rizwan Manji

    Hard-working bakery owner Kate Holiday (Melissa Joan Hart), has more cookie orders than she has time to fill this holiday season, and when her boyfriend suddenly breaks up with her, any shred of Christmas joy she was hanging onto, immediately disappears. After Kate hangs the last ornament on the tree and goes to bed, she awakens the next morning to a little bit of Christmas magic. She gets the surprise of her life when Chip (Barry Watson), a handsome soldier who may or may not be the Nutcracker Prince from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, appears in her living room. A Very Nutty Christmas is produced by Hartbreak Films. Paula Hart and Melissa Joan Hart executive produce. Colin Theys serves as director with a script written by Juliet and Keith Giglio.

    A Twist of Christmas
    December 1st at 8 p.m.
    Starring Vanessa Lachey & Brendon Zub

    In the frenzy before Christmas, two single parents— busy working mom Abby (Vanessa Lachey) and her son, and overwhelmed lawyer Ryan (Brendon Zub) and his daughter, accidentally mix up their toys at a crowded department store. As a result, both of their Christmases appear to be ruined. Although the two can’t stand each other, the only way to get things back on track is to help each other salvage their holiday plans – not realizing they’re falling for each other in the process. A Twist of Christmas is produced by Lighthouse Pictures. Jamie Goehring, Shawn Williamson and Nancy Bennett executive produce. David Winning serves as director with a script written by Brian Sawyer and Gregg Rossen.

    The Christmas Pact
    December 2nd at 8 p.m.
    Starring Kyla Pratt, Jarod Joseph, Kadeem Hardison & Jasmine Guy

    Can best friends fall in love? That’s the question next door neighbors Sadie (Kyla Pratt) and Ben (Jarod Joseph) will answer as they keep the spirit of Christmas and the magic of their childhood pact alive! When they were eight years old, they planted a scrawny 3-foot tall Christmas tree behind their church and the Christmas Pact began. But as life gets in the way the pact is threatened to be broken. Ben and Sadie need some Christmas Magic to recommit to each other and promise to keep their special holiday traditions. With each Christmas that passes by, Ben and Sadie’s Christmas tree grows taller and stronger; and so does their love. The pact bearing fruit to the magic of Christmas and the undeniable answer. Yes, friends can fall in love! The Christmas Pact is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment. Executive Producer Timothy O.Johnson, Marita Grabniak directs from a script written by Damon Hill and Blaine Chiappetta.

    Christmas Lost and Found
    December 7th at 8 p.m.
    Starring Tiya Sircar, Ed Ruttle & Diane Ladd

    After years of missing family gatherings, New York City event planner Whitney Kennison (Tiya Sircar) is off to Chicago to spend Christmas with Grandma Frances (Diane Ladd). Excited that her granddaughter is finally home for the holidays, Frances decides to bestow Whitney with the precious Kennison family Christmas ornaments. But when Whitney mistakenly throws out the box of ornaments, Grandma Frances must stealthily devise a fun Christmas scavenger hunt to remind Whitney what the holiday is all about. It’s a race against time as Whitney reclaims the family ornaments, finds romance and learns the lesson Grandma Frances imparts. Christmas Lost and Found is produced by Stephanie Germain Productions and Front Street Productions, with Stephanie Germain and Harvey Kahn as executive producers. Michael Scott directs from a script by Jennifer Notas Shapiro.

    Santa’s Boots
    December 8th at 8 p.m.
    Starring Megan Hilty, Noah Mills & June Squibb

    When Holly (Megan Hilty) returns home for Christmas expecting the same as any other year, she’s blindsided to learn her family’s department store is on the brink of foreclosure. To keep the business going, Holly fills in as Santa’s Helper and meets the surprisingly young and handsome Nick (Noah Mills), who has been hired to play Santa at the store this year. Their undeniable chemistry and charisma draw in big crowds, until suddenly, Nick disappears. As Christmas day inches closer, Holly scrambles to find Nick with only one clue – his misplaced black boot. Santa’s Boots is produced by Front Street Pictures, with Barbara Lieberman and Charles Cooper as executive producers. Shawn Tolleson directs with a script written by Shannon Phipps and Shawn Tolleson.

    A Christmas in Tennessee
    December 9th at 8 p.m.
    Starring Rachel Boston, Andrew Walker, Patricia Richardson, Caroline Rhea

    Allison Bennet (Rachel Boston), along with her daughter Olivia and mother Martha (Patricia Richardson), run a bakery in the small mountain town of White Pines, Tennessee. When Matthew (Andrew Walker), a charming real estate developer, tries to buy the town for a corporate ski resort, Allison and the townspeople must work together to prevent that from happening. And just when the Bennet ladies seem out of luck, an unexpected visitor—with a well-known sweet tooth for cookies and milk—comes to the bakery and may in fact be the key to solving everything. A Christmas in Tennessee is produced by Smokey Mountain Films Inc. and Juliette Hagopian. Howard Braunstein serves as executive producer. Gary Yates directs with a script written by Cassie Doyle.

    Christmas Around the Corner
    December 14th at 8 p.m.
    Starring Alexandra Breckenridge, Jamie Spilchuk & Jane Alexander

    Claire (Alexandra Breckenridge), a savvy venture capitalist from New York City, escapes to a quaint town in Vermont for the holidays and becomes a guest of the Fortenbury Bookstore. Upon arrival, Claire finds Christmas celebrations have been canceled by the town after a flood and the bookstore is in a dire state of disrepair. She immediately takes on the challenge to revitalize the store, but clashes with the owner, Andrew (Jamie Spilchuk), who initially rejects all her proposed improvements. Eventually, sparks fly as the two begin a budding romance, and Claire’s infectious optimism inspires Andrew to join her in reviving the yuletide spirit. But everything comes to a screeching halt when Claire discovers that Andrew is planning to sell the bookstore in the New Year. Will the spirit of Christmas be enough to change Andrew’s mind and encourage him to follow his heart? Christmas Around the Corner is produced by Neshama Entertainment in association with MarVista Entertainment. Danielle Von Zerneck serves as executive producer. Megan Follows directs with a script by Michael Murray.

    Christmas Pen Pals
    December 15th at 8 p.m.
    Starring Sarah Drew, Niall Matter & Michael Gross

    Following an unexpected breakup weeks before Christmas, Hannah (Sarah Drew), tech wiz and creator of the dating app, Perfect One, heads home for the holidays, challenged to save her failing business by re-conceiving a new romantic dating model. Upon her return she runs into her high school boyfriend, Sam (Niall Matter) who she has carefully avoided for years and reluctantly makes a deal with her dad, Ted (Michael Gross) to sign up for the town’s Christmas Cupid, an anonymous holiday pen pal service. As the season progresses, Hannah is smitten by each beautifully written letter she receives and starts to believe that her Christmas pen pal could be her soul mate. It’s not until Christmas Eve that everyone must reveal their true identities to their pen pals, even if it means coming face to face with the last person they ever expected. Christmas Pen Pals is produced by Pen Pals Films, Inc. and Christian Bruyere. Linda Kent, Jack Grossbart and Howard Braunstein serve as executive producers. Siobhan Devine serves as director with a script written by Carley Smale.

    Hometown Christmas
    December 16th at 8 p.m.
    Starring Beverley Mitchell, Stephen Colletti, Melissa Gilbert & Danny Boaz

    Back in Louisiana for Christmas, Noelle Collins (Beverley Mitchell) has big plans to resurrect the town’s live nativity, a beloved tradition that her late mother used to put on. Things become complicated, however, when Noelle runs into her high school sweetheart, Nick Russell (Stephen Colletti), a rising baseball star also back home due to a recent injury. Still feeling the burn from their senior year break-up, their lives are pushed together even further when they learn their parents share an attraction and want to be more than just friends. When things begin to fall apart with the live nativity Nick and Noelle reluctantly team up to pull off the show and find themselves growing close, uncovering a hometown love for each other and the joy of Christmas that both never really faded away. Hometown Christmas is produced by Active Entertainment. Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis serve as executive producers. Emily Moss Wilson and Marcy Holland serve as writers and Emily Moss Wilson directs.

    A Christmas Arrangement
    November 21st at 10 p.m.
    (Acquired Original – Worldwide Premiere)

    Flower shop owner Poppy (Nicky Whelan), enters the annual holiday floral show for a chance to win the grand prize but standing in her way of victory is Garrett (Miles Fisher), the underappreciated protégé of florist extraordinaire, Blair (Daphne Zuniga). While Poppy and Garrett’s rivalry heats up on the flower show floor, an undeniable romance begins amidst a whimsical holiday backdrop. A Christmas Arrangement is produced by The Ninth House.

    Every Other Holiday
    November 23rd at 10 p.m.
    (Acquired Original – Worldwide Premiere)

    Recently separated parents Tracie (Schuyler Fisk) and Rick (David Clayton Rogers), spend every other holiday with their young daughters Harper and Ava. But this Christmas, the girls have only one thing on their wish lists—to spend Christmas with both Mom and Dad at Tracie’s family farmhouse. The temporary reunion will be no walk in the park for Tracie and Rick, but perhaps this Christmas gathering can help rekindle the lost romance between the two and make their daughters’ greatest wish come true. Every Other Holiday also stars Dee Wallace, Glenn Morshower, Abby James Witherspoon and is produced by MarVista Entertainment.

    Christmas Harmony
    November 24th at 10 p.m.
    (Acquired Original – Worldwide Premiere)

    Soft-spoken Harmony (Kelley Jakle), is used to living in the shadow of her pop star boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her right before the holiday season, she returns to her quaint hometown to discover the heart and music that her big city life has been missing. A Christmas Harmony also stars Chandra Wilson, Adam Mayfield, Sally Struthers and is produced by June Street Studios.

    Christmas Perfection
    November 25th at 10 p.m.
    (Acquired Original – Worldwide Premiere)

    As a kid, Darcy (Caitlin Thompson) had no control over her family’s holidays and thus, has grown up to be a Christmas control freak – so much so that she loses sight of what the holidays actually mean. Suddenly, she finds herself magically transported into her idea of the perfect Christmas Village and learns that “perfection” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Christmas Perfection also stars James Henri-Thomas, Robbie Silverman and is produced by MarVista Entertainment.

    Love for Christmas
    December 1st at 10 p.m.

    When Heather, a local theater director, and Bobby run into each other upon his return home after leaving for the Navy years prior, they quickly realize that their mutual childhood crush might lead to an unexpected romance. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, Love for Christmas stars Shantel Vansanten, Rob Mayes, Nikki Deloach, Mark Famiglietti, Alex Peters, Peter Holden, Matt Corboy, Maxim Knight and Orson Bean.

    A Star for Christmas
    December 2nd at 10 p.m.

    Cupcakery owner Cassie can’t help falling for her hunky new customer, but when he turns out to be action superstar Alex Gray, will their relationship survive Hollywood and the holidays? Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Star for Christmas stars Corey Sevier, Briana Evigan, Karissa Vacker, Travis Van Winkle, Jeremy Howard, Sean Stone and Brooke Burns.

    A Christmas Kiss
    December 21st at 8 p.m.

    High-end interior designer Priscilla and her assistant Wendy, vie for the attention of Priscilla’s socialite boyfriend while decorating his home for the holidays. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Christmas Kiss stars Elisabeth Röhm, Laura Breckenridge and Brendan Fehr.

    A Golden Christmas
    December 22nd at 8 p.m.

    Several years ago, a very special dog brought together a little girl and boy. Now, through an incredible coincidence, these two long-lost friends will reconnect during Christmas. Produced by MarVista Entertainment, A Golden Christmas stars Andrea Roth, Nicholas Brendon, Bruce Davison, Elisa Donovan, Jason London and Alley Mills.

    3 Holiday Tails
    December 23rd at 8 p.m.

    David and Lisa are meant to be together, but they haven’t quite figured that out yet. With help from family, friends, and four lovable dogs, this couple will truly have a Christmas to remember. Produced by MarVista Entertainment,3 Holiday Tails stars Julie Gonzalo, Kelly Stables, KC Clyde, Alley Mills and Bruce Davison.

    Kelly Ripa goes after troll who called her too old for Mark Consuelos

    (9/25/18) Kelly Ripa showed off her savage side on Instagram again, clapping back at a troll who said she looked too old for husband Mark Consuelos.

    Consuelos, 47, posted a photo on Instagram supporting the #HeForShe campaign.

    Ripa, also 47, commented, “You make me so proud.”

    Comments By Celebs screengrabbed a troll’s reply to Ripa’s comment in which the rude user wrote, “Yes he is so handsome but you need to go kelly you look to [sic] old for him sorry but you do.”

    Ripa ripped into the user, writing, “You need to learn how to spell the word ‘too’ sweetie. As in you’re too stupid to be with my young, handsome husband. Ps, he likes proper grammar too, you dope.”

    It’s not the first time the fit blonde and her husband of 21 years have hit back at haters.

    In March, they blasted users who shamed Ripa for rocking a bikini during their vacation and claimed that Consuelos was angling his photos so he looked taller.

    “Please tell me how it is I can try to look taller,” Consuelos replied to one critic at the time. “I’m dying to know.”

    Ripa quipped, “He’s tall where it counts, babe.”

    Victoria Platt on NCIS: New Orleans 10/16/18

    (9/25/18) “Legacy” – After a petty officer is found murdered under a shrimping boat, the NCIS investigation uncovers a conspiracy in the tight-knit local fishing community. Also, Lasalle awaits the final results of the tax fraud investigation into his family’s company, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Oct. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The episode is directed by LeVar Burton.

    GUEST CAST: Anthony Nguyen (Eddie Dao), Emily Shaffer (Leila Addison), Victoria Platt (IRS Agent Michelle Silvera).

    'Melrose Place' Star Jamie Luner Won't Be Charged in Sexual Assault Case

    (9/23/18) "Melrose Place" star Jamie Luner will not face charges for the alleged sexual assault she was accused of committing on a then-16-year-old boy ... TMZ has learned.

    The L.A. County District Attorney's Office declined to file charges against Luner after Anthony Oliver filed a police report earlier this year claiming she sexually assaulted him at a house party nearly 20 years ago.

    Prosecutors cited a few reasons for refusing to move forward with the case, including ... Oliver's late reporting (more than 19 years), Oliver's credibility problems, lack of corroborating evidence and the bare facts as presented.

    The credibility issue has to do with the story TMZ broke ... that Oliver had already been flagged by the court system for filing a crap ton of lawsuits, at least 22 over the past several years. He insists the suits were actually filed by his brother, and not himself.

    As we first reported, Oliver's $250 million lawsuit against Jamie was dismissed last month. In other words ... clean sweep for Jamie.

    Mischa Barton’s personal items at risk in U-Haul lawsuit

    (9/23/18) “The O.C.” fans may be able to get Mischa Barton’s personal items through a U-Haul sale.

    The moving truck company filed papers in their ongoing battle against Barton and her boyfriend, Adam Spaw, asking the court for the right to sell Barton’s belongings at an auction if she doesn’t pay the $5,827.65 that she owes them, according to The Blast.

    The actress infamously slammed her U-Haul truck into an apartment building in February 2017. She was heard saying, “Everything I own is in this U-Haul …What are we even going to do about this?” at the scene.

    U-Haul currently has the possessions that were in the truck at the time since she hasn’t paid her bill, per their rental agreement.

    Barton, 32, was first sued for $26,991.55 over the incident by the homeowner’s association at The Park Wellington in West Hollywood in October 2017, so her legal battles are far from over.

    Barton’s rep didn’t immediately get back to us. U-Haul didn’t return a request for comment.

    Kelly Ripa's voice on American Housewife

    (9/22/18) Kelly Ripa will lend her voice to at least two Season 3 episodes of ABC’s American Housewife as Katie’s new boss at Parties By Whitney, whom Katie has yet to meet, Variety reports.

    Dishing with Digest - 9/21/18 Tamara Braun

    (9/21/18) (Listen / download) Tamara Braun chats about her GH comeback, her current Kim story, her past soap roles and more with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss emergency recasts and why being a veteran actor, writer or executive producer is a plus.

    Law & Order: SVU Star Kelli Giddish Pregnant With Baby No. 2

    (9/21/18) New baby alert!

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actress Kelli Giddish is expecting her second child with her husband Lawrence Faulborn. Their 2-year-old son, Ludo Faulborn, will soon become a big brother. Giddish debuted her baby bump on the red carpet at the season 20 premiere of Law & Order: SVU in New York City on Thursday night, telling E! News that the pregnancy will be written into the show.

    Giddish and Faulborn tied the knot in the summer of 2015 and soon welcomed their son after. The actress has shared a number of pictures on her Instagram account of her son and their sweet family moments, including riding a red Radio Flyer down the beach or playing with Play-Doh in a Spiderman costume.

    The Law & Order actress broke a barrier on the series when she was pregnant with Ludo. The show made her pregnancy a major part of the story line, which was unprecedented for the show. "I looked up when I first got pregnant what other TV shows did and…I guess on The X-Files, she went away. She got abducted by aliens," Giddish said at the time. "So I was like, 'That can't happen on SVU. Can't pitch that idea.'"

    Her character, Amanda Rollins, grapples with a gambling addiction and a haunted past, which includes rape.

    Giddish's character Rollins announced her pregnancy on the first episode of season 17, and the hunt was on for discovering the father's identity. As it turns out, it was Lt. Declan Murphy (Donal Logue).

    Law & Order: SVU is heading into its 20th season, which makes it the longest-running primetime drama on television, according to NBC.

    Congratulations again to Giddish and Falbourn!

    Michael B. Jordan tapped as face of Coach menswear

    (9/21/18) Following the success of Coach’s partnership with Selena Gomez, the company announced that Michael B. Jordan will be the face of menswear.

    The “Black Panther” actor, 31, will not only represent the brand but also design his own capsule collection in the future. He will meet with creative director Stuart Vevers next month to begin brainstorming ideas for his own designs.

    In the meantime, Jordan appears in advertising campaigns for the brand’s men’s ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrance beginning with the spring 2019 season. “I liked what Stuart was doing so we decided to move forward with me being the face of the brand,” he told WWD.

    When asked about his personal style, Jordan said he feels equally comfortable in a “very pristine” suit as he does in streetwear, but ultimately spends more time thinking about roles he plays. “As an actor, I’m always putting on somebody else’s shoes and becoming someone else,” he said. In fact, Jordan said that he keeps his stylist busy because he’s constantly gaining muscle mass then slimming down for roles in “Creed,” where he plays a boxer alongside Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky, and upcoming project “Just Mercy,” in which Jordan will play a lawyer.

    As for what to expect from Jordan’s designs, he’s staying mum. In fact, the actor won’t even name an athlete or fellow celebrity whose looks inspire him. “There are a lot of people whose style I like, but I wouldn’t want to dress like them,” he said.

    Michael B. Jordan In Talks To Topline John Clark Films At Paramount

    (9/21/18) Black Panther and Creed star Michael B. Jordan is in negotiations to star in and produce a film series based on the popular John Clark character from the Tom Clancy novels for Paramount Pictures. The deal is expected to close soon with Akiva Goldsman producing the pic alongside Jordan, Josh Appelbaum, and André Nemec. The word is the studio is developing two films based on the novels Rainbow Six and Without Remorse, with the latter serving as an introduction of the character and his backstory. John Clark, a.k.a John Terrence Kelly, first appeared in the 1987 Jack Ryan novel, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, before getting his own standalone story with Without Remorse in 1993. Clark is a former Navy SEAL who became an operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, and at one point served as Ryan’s bodyguard. On the big screen, the character has previously been portrayed by Willem Dafoe (Clear and Present Danger) and Liev Schreiber (The Sum of All Fears). Variety was first to report the news of Jordan’s attachment.

    Your Complete Guide to Every New Hallmark Christmas Movie This Year

    (9/20/18) Summer isn't even officially over but it's already time to start talking about Christmas, more specifically Hallmark Christmas! That's right, folks, the Hallmark Christmas movie schedule was officially released via Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday, and now you can map out your Christmas cheer accordingly.

    Whether you're into sad veterans, overworked marketing assistants too busy trying to land a promotion to celebrate the holidays or a bah-humbug widower in need of some Christmas spirit, Hallmark has you covered with over 35 festive holiday films that go down smoother than your grandma's hot cocoa with marshmallows. Here is when all the new films premiere!

    Saturday, Oct. 27
    Film: Christmas at Pemberley Manor
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jessica Lowndes, Michael Rady
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett (Lowndes), a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy (Rady), a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue. Determined to make her event a success, Elizabeth persuades the reluctant Darcy to let her hold the festival on the historical estate once known for its holiday cheer. When they wind up working together to arrange the festivities, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other. But when complications arise and the festival is unexpectedly shut down, the couple parts ways and Darcy moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, a wistful Elizabeth hopes for a Christmas miracle to revive the festival, save the estate, and rekindle her holiday romance.

    Wednesday, Nov. 3
    Film: Christmas Joy
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Long
    Synopsis: Joy Holbrook (Panabaker) is a keenly intelligent market researcher with an eye on her company's top account and garnering a sweet promotion just in time for the holidays. Just as Joy is capturing the attention of the account's CEO, she receives a call from her Aunt Ruby's best friend back home in Crystal Falls. Ruby has broken her ankle and needs surgery. Though the timing couldn't be worse, Joy immediately comes to her aunt's bedside only to be reunited with former crush, now hospital administrator, Ben Andrew (Long), son of Ruby's best friend Shirley. Joy also must reconcile Ruby's stubborn determination to be in control of everything, including the town's legendary baking competition known as the Cookie Crawl. To keep Ruby focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby's place much to the amusement of Ben who knows Joy has no idea of the Herculean task before her. Though Joy initially refuses Ben's attempts to "co-captain," she begins to soften and let him in, all the while remembering that there truly is no place like home. Based on the best-selling novel by Nancy Naigle.

    Thursday, Nov. 4
    Film: Road to Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jessy Schram, Chad Michael Murray, Teryl Rothery
    Synopsis: Los Angeles television producer Maggie Baker (Schram) unwittingly falls for Danny Wise (Murray), the son and former producer of his mother's (Rothery) popular annual Christmas special Julia Wise Lifestyle. When Maggie's secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with Julia during the live broadcast in Vermont goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, it is the love for family and friends that makes the merriest of Christmas.

    Film: Marrying Father Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, Wendie Malick
    Synopsis: When Miranda Chester (Krakow) set off to find information on her biological father two Christmases ago, she never imagined her investigation would lead her to both the love of her life, Ian McAndrick (Matter), and the family she had always longed for, including Margaret Whitcomb (Malick) and step-brother Peter Whitcomb (Jim Thorburn). After her romantic engagement last Christmas, Miranda prepares for a Christmas wedding surrounded by this new family. While Miranda finalizes the details of her big day, Margaret forges a surprising romance with a friend from the past. Miranda's wedding plans are quickly complicated when a mysterious visitor who claims to have ties to her late parents reaches out to her just days before her wedding. As Miranda's wedding approaches, she must decide if she wants to spend one of the most momentous days of her life with this new family connection, and must carefully navigate the first steps into the next chapter of her life with Ian.

    Wednesday, Nov. 10
    Film: It's Christmas, Eve
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hines
    Synopsis: As interim school superintendent, Eve (Rimes) trims budgets and now she's in her hometown where it's personal. Her handsome neighbor Liam (Hines) is a music teacher and Eve feels his program must be cut. But luckily her friend is married to an IT guy, who's created a website for donations directly to save the arts program. Launched during the tree-lighting ceremony where Liam's students will perform, the website could provide the Christmas miracle the town needs. Already the universe is cooperating. Eve is back home and she, Liam, and his daughter look like they might be celebrating many a future Christmas.

    Thursday, Nov. 11
    Film: Christmas in Love
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Brooke D'Orsay, Daniel Lissing, Mary-Margaret Humes
    Synopsis: Ellie Hartman (D'Orsay) is an aspiring crafter working in her small town's bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick Carlingson (Lissing) visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. During his visit, Ellie is to teach Nick how to make a Kringle, and determined to show him it's the people who make the business a success, not machines. Nick meets more of the employees and townspeople, visits the food bank and begins to see all the kindness that is shared, and he begins to soften — though not convinced automation isn't better. Struggling with chasing her own entrepreneurial dreams, Ellie begins to fall for Nick but not before feeling betrayed when she inadvertently sees Nick's laptop filled with automation plans. When Nick finally tells the employees his future ideas for the company, Ellie must decide if she should trust him, but more importantly, whether to take a leap of faith in making her own dreams come true.

    Film: A Soldier's Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Eloise Mumford, Sean Faris
    Synopsis: Captain Grace Garland (Mumford), a decorated U.S. veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When she finds herself stranded in the town of River's Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge, Joe Peterson (Faris), offers her a place to stay on his property and takes it upon himself to show Grace everything she has been missing; Christmas, family, community, and love.

    Wednesday, Nov. 17
    Film: Christmas at Graceland
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Kellie Pickler, Wes Brown
    Synopsis: Laurel (Pickler), a Chicago-based business executive travels to Memphis to secure one of the city's oldest family-owned banks. While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with old flame Clay (Brown), a local music promoter with loftier aspirations. Though Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize of the business acquisition, Clay is very persuasive reminding her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom. Now Laurel's focus turns to the home of the Blues and dreams of making music again.

    Film: A Godwink Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Kimberley Sustad, Paul Campbell, Kathie Lee Gifford
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Paula (Sustad), a St. Louis antique appraiser, reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Daniel (Giles Panton, Chesapeake Shores), a career-focused attorney. When her Aunt Jane (Gifford) senses she has mixed emotions over the engagement, she invites Paula to her Nantucket home. Upon her arrival, Paula plans a trip to the nearby island of Martha's Vineyard where she meets Gery (Campbell), a charming inn owner. When bad weather prevents her from departing, Paula winds up staying at Gery's inn and enjoying local holiday festivities alongside him. They begin to have feelings for each other, but when the weather clears up, they part ways and Paula returns to Nantucket. Sensing she's fallen for Gery, Aunt Jane shares with Paula her belief that their meeting was God's way of "winking" at her to help determine which direction her life should take. When Daniel surprises her by spontaneously arriving in Nantucket, Paula decides to move forward with their marriage plans. But back in St. Louis, Daniel soon returns to his all-business ways and a fed-up Paula finally realizes they're not compatible. When Jane invites her back to Nantucket for Christmas, Paula accepts, unaware that Jane has devised a plan to bring her and Gery together. From author Squire Rushnell of the God Winks book series.

    Thursday, Nov. 18
    Film: Mingle All the Way
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty, Lindsay Wagner
    Synopsis: Mingle All the Way is a new networking app designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events, without long-term romance. Molly (Lilley), founder of the app, is determined to prove to her family that it is a success. Therefore, she joins the app and meets another busy professional, Jeff (Daugherty). When Molly and Jeff are matched, they are both horrified to realize they've already had not one, but two disastrous previous encounters. Nevertheless, they agree to stay matched for all their respective upcoming holiday engagements. As the pair gets closer, perhaps their business arrangement might turn into something more this holiday season.

    Film: Return to Christmas Creek
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Tori Anderson, Stephen Huszar, Steven Weber, Kari Matchett
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Amelia Hughes (Anderson), a career-focused Chicago app developer lacking in holiday spirit, returns to her small hometown of Christmas Creek to rediscover the meaning of Christmas. There, she reunites with her childhood best friend Mike (Huszar) and her estranged uncle Harry (Weber), whose mysterious rift with Amelia's father divided her family during the holiday season when she was a child. As she engages in local holiday festivities — and begins falling for Mike — Amelia finds herself feeling the Christmas spirit and looking forward to Harry's Christmas Eve tradition of delivering toys to needy children in his small, private airplane. Meanwhile, Harry begins repairing his damaged relationship with his ex-girlfriend Pamela (Kari Matchett). But as she helps prep Harry's airplane for the toy delivery, a shocked Amelia learns her parents have unexpectedly shown up in town for the holiday and is crushed when her father and Harry resume their longstanding feud. On Christmas Eve, disappointed by her family's continued fighting, Amelia prepares to return to Chicago and leave behind Christmas Creek and her budding romance with Mike along with it. But just as she's about to leave, she feels a burst of inspiration that just might turn things around and help her finally restore family peace and embrace romance as love prepares to take flight for Christmas.

    Friday, Nov. 19
    Film: Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Alicia Witt, Colin Ferguson
    Synopsis: Emma (Witt) returns home to celebrate Christmas for the last time with her siblings in the house they grew up in. After their parents' recent passing, the siblings reluctantly agree to sell the family home on Honeysuckle Lane, leaving Emma in charge of its belongings. While Emma's mother's collection is being appraised, they find a hidden surprise that takes them on a journey to discover the power of love and family during the holidays. Based on the book by Mary Elizabeth McDonough.

    Saturday, Nov. 20
    Film: Hope at Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Ryan Paevey, Scottie Thompson
    Synopsis: Sydney Ragsdale (Thompson), recently divorced, decides to spend Christmas in a house she inherited with her young daughter. As Sydney begins to spend more time at the local bookstore, she meets a teacher, Mac (Paevey), who also fills in for the town Santa. Mac tries to make Christmas wishes come true, and this year Sydney is at the top of his "nice" list. As a new opportunity with the bookstore unfolds, Mac helps Sydney open herself up to life, love, and believing in the spirit of Christmas again.

    Sunday, Nov. 21
    Film: Christmas at the Palace
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Merritt Patterson, Brittany Bristow
    Synopsis: Katie, a former professional ice skater (Patterson), is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. As Katie spends time in the castle and with the king, she and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. But will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen?

    Monday, Nov. 22
    Film: Christmas at Grand Valley
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Danica McKellar, Brennan Elliott
    Synopsis: Burned out from the hubbub of the Chicago gallery world, artist Kelly (McKellar) returns home to the picturesque Grand Valley just in time for Christmas. Maybe her favorite town's shining season will reinvigorate her love of art and guide her down her next path. Leo (Elliott), businessman and all-star dad to his children, struggles to balance his time this holiday season. When he is assigned to review a hotel in Grand Valley for its value, he sees this as the perfect opportunity for a Christmas family vacation. It isn't long until Kelly and Leo's worlds collide. As Kelly re-experiences her favorite Grand Valley traditions with Leo and his children, she begins to find her way back to her passion for art.

    Tuesday, Nov. 23
    Film: Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny
    Synopsis: Darcy (Chabert) has always worked hard to prove herself and be successful on her own terms, even choosing to start her own company, rather than work with her father. Returning to her hometown for Christmas, Darcy reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke (Penny), and they are forced to plan a charity event together. As Darcy spends time with her family and Luke, she starts to realize what matters most in life and sets out to mend her relationship with her father, and possibly fall in love. Based on the book of the same title by Melissa de la Cruz.

    Wednesday, Nov. 24
    Film: Christmas Everlasting
    Channel: Hallmark Channel — Hallmark Hall of Fame
    Stars: Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield, Patti LaBelle, Dennis Haysbert
    Synopsis: Christmas is fast approaching and years of long workdays employed at New York's top corporate law firm are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey (Ali) will be made partner after the New Year. However, when Alice, her older sister with special needs, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy returns back to Nilson's Bay, Wisconsin, to attend the funeral and handle her estate. While Lucy dreads returning to her childhood home, she also feels real sorrow that she was too busy to take her sister's last call. Once back in Nilson's Bay, Lucy meets Peter (Whitfield), her old high school sweetheart and Alice's former attorney, who informs her of the terms of Alice's eccentric will that states in order for Lucy to inherit the family home, she must live there for 30 days through the holidays.

    Thursday, Nov. 25
    Film: Welcome to Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Jennifer Finnigan, Eric Mabius
    Synopsis: Resort developer Madison Lane (Finnigan) is tasked with finding a location for a new ski resort. While she's prepared to recommend the resort be placed in Mountain Park, her boss tells her to take a trip to Christmas, Colorado, to consider the location and the incentive package they're offering. On her way into town to meet with the mayor, Madison has a minor fender-bender with the town's welcome sign. Town Sheriff Gage McBride (Mabius) gives Madison a ride into town so she can attend the meeting while the car is towed and repaired. Little does Madison know that the town is on a mission to convince Madison that Christmas is the best place for the new ski resort. While stranded, Madison grows to love the community and the spirit of Christmas that runs throughout. Is a resort really the right move for Christmas? Or would the town be better off keeping its charm and traditions intact?

    Film: A Shoe Addict's Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Noelle (Bure) is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love, a connection with her father, and her dream career are out of reach. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve, she accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn't too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store... until a quirky woman appears out of nowhere in the shoe department and tells Noelle that she's her guardian angel. Soon, Noelle finds herself revisiting Christmases past, present, and future as she must work with her new neighbor, a handsome, Christmas-loving firefighter, to plan the annual Christmas Charity Gala. Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle take new chances and discover the true spirit of Christmas? And in realizing that the only thing standing in her way of leading a fulfilling life is herself, will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?

    Wednesday, Dec. 1
    Film: Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jill Wagner, Mark Deklin, Holly Robinson-Peete, Barbara Niven, Andrew Francis, Ashley Williams
    Synopsis: When Lisa (Wagner) takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. As Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin (Deklin) into working with her, the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store's beloved "Mailbox to Santa" for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole. As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen.

    Thursday, Dec. 2
    Film: A Majestic Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent
    Synopsis: Christmas in the charming town of Briar Falls will be bittersweet this year when architect Nell (Hinton) goes back to her hometown having been given the job of turning the historic Majestic Playhouse into a modern multiplex, much to the town's objections. The Playhouse has been home to their annual Christmas tableaux, which will now have to end after a long and historic tradition to the town. This job is Nell's first promotion, and one she wishes she hadn't been chosen for, especially when she meets the new owner of the theater, Connor (Vincent), whose vision and ideas clash with Nell's. Since Connor hasn't had much experience celebrating Christmas, Nell hopes that if she can give him a crash course in Christmas during the town's Twelve Day Festival, that he might just change his mind about modernizing the Majestic.

    Film: Northern Lights of Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Ashley Williams, Corey Sevier
    Synopsis: Zoey Hathaway (Williams) has been working toward her lifelong goal of being a pilot for years, but everything is thrown off-course when she unexpectedly inherits a reindeer farm, along with the dangerously handsome ranch hand Alec Wynn (Sevier). Now buried in taking care of reindeer and all the Christmas responsibilities, Zoey thinks life has delivered her a strange and cumbersome blow, and she isn't sure about Alec, who has his own ideas how best to run things. Alec, who has never had many people have faith in him, opens up when Zoey invests trust in him, and the two find themselves falling for each other. Could they both find happiness in the most unlikely of circumstances right before Christmas?

    Wednesday, Dec. 8
    Film: Homegrown Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Lori Loughlin, Victor Webster
    Synopsis: After stepping down as CEO of her dream job, Maddie (Loughlin) heads home for the holidays to gain perspective. She finds herself running into her old high school sweetheart Carter (Webster), and tensions quickly arise. When forced to put together a Christmas dance for the local high school, Carter and Maddie find themselves putting their differences aside and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago.

    Film: Memories of Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Christina Milian, Mark Taylor
    Synopsis: Noelle (Milian) was raised by the queen of Christmas. When she inherits her late mother's house, she finds out that her mother had been hiring someone to decorate it — Dave (Taylor). The deal is off, but Dave convinces Noelle to let him carry on the tradition. As the display goes up, Noelle's defenses start to come down. She embraces the town's Christmas gala that was her mother's legacy, finds unexpected love, and develops a joy for the holidays that she never thought possible.

    Thursday, Dec. 9
    Film: Once Upon a Christmas Miracle
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Told she would have less than a few months to live without a liver transplant, Heather Krueger's time was running out when a kind stranger, Chris Dempsey, heard of her plight and discovered he was a perfect match. The two met and before long a friendship developed into romance. The movie follows Heather and Chris' journey over three Christmases as his selfless gesture leads to a Christmas miracle for everyone involved. Based on a true story.

    Film: Christmas Wonderland
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Emily Osment
    Synopsis: Heidi (Osment), who initially left her small town of Pleasant Valley with the dream of one day becoming a successful painter, has put her own art on hold to excel as an art gallery curator. Now, a week before the gallery's big Christmas party, she must return home to watch her niece and nephew. She comes face to face with her high school love, Chris, now a teacher, who is in over his head after he must find a new last-minute location for the Christmas dance. Heidi offers to help him and together they discover a beautiful place for the dance, perfectly capturing the Christmas spirit, called Wonderland Farms. The more time Heidi spends in Pleasant Valley decorating for the Christmas SnowBall, the more she finds herself inspired to start painting again. With Christmas fast approaching, Heidi soon becomes torn between the life she built in the city and the life she is surprisingly charmed by back in Pleasant Valley, embracing her true passion.

    Wednesday, Dec. 8
    Film: A Gingerbread Romance
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry
    Synopsis: With Christmas just weeks away, the architecture firm Taylor works for enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. The firm teams her up with Isabelle, a renowned French pastry chef with whom Taylor instantly locks horns. When Isabelle backs out, Taylor stumbles into a local bakery and meets Adam, a baker and single dad. In an act of desperation, Taylor convinces Adam to partner with her for the contest, arguing that winning would give the bakery and his designs much-needed exposure. For years Taylor has been resistant to call anywhere 'home' for fear it will only be temporary. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter in their cozy home, decorating for the holidays and exploring the town at Christmas, fills her with a longing for a place to call home.

    Wednesday, Dec. 15
    Film: Time for Me to Come Home
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: It's the last Friday before Christmas in New York City and a massive storm is brewing. Small-town business woman Cara Hill is meeting with her banker while country music star Heath Sawyer is playing Madison Square Garden. When the flight to Tulsa they're both booked on is canceled, this unlikely pair of strangers winds up traveling together. Each has a secret — Heath hasn't written a song since his father died, and Cara's mother recently passed and her family's jam business is failing. Will Christmas provide a miracle — and a chance at love? Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas is a touching story about finding a way home after a loss — to your family and to your own true self. Based on the song by Blake Shelton and the book by Dorothy Shakleford and Travis Thrasher.

    Thursday, Dec. 16
    Film: Entertaining Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jodie Sweetin
    Synopsis: Claire is a cookbook author, crafting expert, and television personality whose name is synonymous with perfection. As she contemplates retirement, her daughter Kara (Sweetin) is poised to become the new face of the Livingston brand. The only trouble is, Kara can't cook. Or sew. Or do any of the signature things her mother is known for. When a young girl posts a video online requesting Claire help welcome her deployed father home for Christmas, Kara is sent in her place in an effort to prove herself a worthy successor to the board of directors and win the job. As Kara does her best to make a good impression, she gets more than she bargained for when the young girl's uncle Joe turns out to be a reporter for the local paper, looking for his next story.

    Film: Reunited for Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Nikki Deloach, Mike Faiola
    Synopsis: Frazzled and struggling with writer's block, novelist Samantha (Deloach), along with her boyfriend, heads home to her late grandmother's home to spend Christmas. While at home with family, her grandmother's wise words reveal the true meaning of Christmas with Samantha at a time when she most needs encouragement

    Wednesday, Dec. 22
    Film: Christmas Copy
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: TBA

    Film: Small Town Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Author Nell Phillips' first book has become a surprise bestseller of the Christmas season. Nell's last stop on a nationwide book tour takes her to the town of Springdale, the hometown of Emmett Turner, a young man she met over five years ago while both were junior copy editors at a New York publishing company. Nell was hurt when Emmett stood her up for a dinner date and then disappeared from New York without any explanation. As Nell is quick to admit, Emmett's colorful, nostalgic anecdotes about Springdale inspired her to write this book that is shaping her life and especially this holiday season.

    Thursday, Dec. 23
    Film: Christmas Made to Order
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Alexa PenaVega
    Synopsis: When architect and Christmas amateur Steven finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen (PenaVega) to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen's expert Christmas spirit brings Steven's family together, but neither expected it to bring them closer to each other. After a great opportunity presents itself to Gretchen, she and Steven must decide what's really important in life.

    Film: Christmas Bells Are Ringing
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Samantha, a freelance photographer, is returning to Cape Cod for the first time since the death of her mother years earlier. She's going to celebrate her father's Christmas Eve wedding to the lovely Helen but is anxious to revisit past memories. However, having never been to the Cape during winter, she finds that it is a whole new experience. On deadline for a big Christmas spread that could ignite her career, she enlists the help of her childhood friend, Mike, to show her around. In the time she spends in Cape Cod with her dad, Helen, and Mike, she finds meaning in her creative pursuits, falls in love, and realizes that Christmas is wherever your family is.

    Saturday, Dec. 25
    Film: When Calls the Heart Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene
    Synopsis: When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, their caretakers — sisters who have a mysterious backstory — lead Bill (Wagner) to investigate the circumstances of their arrival. He discovers the sisters and their orphanage are in jeopardy, so Abigail (Loughlin) and the other residents rally to make it a Christmas to remember for the orphans. Elizabeth (Krakow), who is preparing for the birth of her child, organizes her students to engage in selfless gift-giving. That, along with a Christmas miracle, help bring wonder, hope, joy, and love to all this Christmas season.

    Wednesday, Dec. 29
    Film: Focus on Love
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Carlos PenaVega
    Synopsis: With only one week to prepare, Lisa Patterson and her family of party planners are given the biggest job in their company's history: a New Year's Eve party for tech entrepreneur Megan Clark. But when her brother breaks his leg and her parents head off on a planned vacation, Lisa must reluctantly enlist the help of her brother's visiting college buddy, David Campos (PenaVega), to help her pull off the event which just so happens to fall on her favorite day of the year. But what Lisa didn't plan on was falling in love in the process.

    Susan Lucci, 71, sizzles in unretouched swimsuit photos

    (9/19/18) (Photo1, Photo2) Age is but a number for soap opera legend Susan Lucci.

    The “All My Children” actress, 71, stars in a new unretouched swimsuit spread for Harper’s Bazaar, showing off her Pilates-honed physique in two sultry one-pieces.

    “I feel as good now as I ever did in my 20s and 30s, maybe even better physically,” Lucci told the magazine, adding that she’s approaching the aging process “kicking and screaming all the way.”

    To that end, the star relies on “very natural”-looking Botox, her beloved Pilates Pro Chair (she’s been practicing for over two decades) and a disciplined diet plan to maintain her ever-youthful appearance.

    “I rarely eat dessert, never snack, and I don’t eat a lot of bread and pasta,” Lucci explained. “I’ll have one glass of champagne when we go out to dinner, but I don’t drink at home.”

    The actress’s beach body made waves online earlier this year after paparazzi captured Lucci on a vacation in Barbados, and fans immediately clamored for her anti-aging secrets.

    “What I’ve learned is that if you train hard, you can offset some of what you’ve got going against you,” Lucci told Harper’s Bazaar. “People look at me and say ‘Wow, she doesn’t seem old, but she is old.’ Meanwhile, the reality is if you’re strong, you’re beautiful, no matter what age you are.”

    And as for those internet-breaking beach candids? “[They] were so good!” Lucci exclaimed. “By the fourth day I was looking for the paparazzi. I wanted to thank them.”

    Y&R Fave Opens Up About Miscarriage

    (9/19/18) Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea, Y&R) shared a personal post on social media, revealing that she suffered a miscarriage in January. “I’m very candid about my miscarriage with my friends and family and speak openly about it to anyone that asks if we want kids,” she wrote. “It’s never been a secret. And I was so lucky to have my incredible husband and best friends and family in the world there for me, every step of the way. It’s so hard, and takes such a toll on you emotionally and physically, hormonally, all of it. But I hadn’t shared it publicly. Not for any particular reason, I just hadn’t.” Egan went on to explain that she decided to go public after speaking with a friend who, after suffering a miscarriage of her own, “told me she had felt alone and like a failure, and less-than, because she hadn’t heard other people speak about it. This made me SO SAD, and made me want to share my story. With anyone and everyone. Just so no one feels alone. I promise you you’re not alone. Also, @carrieunderwood’s recent interview with CBS Sunday Morning was so beautiful and had me in tears. I was in the thick of my last and final days on Y&R at the time, so I feel her pain over having to ‘cry pretty.’ (only a very small group of people knew at the show, and they could not have been more wonderful and took great care of me). I also got such strength from @hilarieburton and @claireholt’s posts last year. They were so open and honest and supportive and I really admire that and am grateful. So now I’m happy to do the same. Please don’t feel alone. Or like a failure. You’re everything, and I’m here with you.”

    Maurice Benard Lands Plum Lifetime Gig

    (9/18/18) GH’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) will be putting his years of playing Port Charles’s don to good use: The Emmy-winning actor has been cast as famed mobster John Gotti in Lifetime’s THE VICTORIA GOTTI STORY. The actor posted the news on social media, noting, “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

    Michael B. Jordan on 'Creed 2': 'It's not just about revenge'

    (9/18/18) When Creed II needed a villain, Sylvester Stallone couldn’t think of anyone better to bring back than Rocky bad boy Ivan Drago.

    “Sly was very adamant about this one having a villain,” Michael B. Jordan, who plays Adonis Creed in the Rocky spinoff, says during the Sun’s visit to the set earlier this year.

    The Rocky movie franchise turns 42 this November. It made a star out of Stallone and spawned five sequels and one spinoff — 2015’s Creed.

    It’s always been a story about families and staying true to yourself, but one of the franchise’s most surprising, and saddening, moments came when Rocky Balboa’s friend, Apollo Creed, was killed in the ring in Rocky IV by the merciless Captain Ivan Drago.

    Black Panther director Ryan Coogler used the harrowing moment as the jump off for Creed, giving new legs to the Rocky series by focusing a story on Apollo’s son struggling as a fighter to make peace with the dad he never knew.

    Creed was a critical and box office hit with Stallone earning a Golden Globe win and Oscar nod for his reprisal as Balboa.

    Coming back, though, Jordan says they needed to have a storyline that would be personal and further thread itself into the earlier Rocky mythology. So having Drago return to the series with a son, Viktor (played by Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu), as a rival for Adonis made the most sense artistically.

    But it takes Stallone’s Balboa and Jordan’s Creed in new and dangerous directions.

    “You’ve got everything to lose,” Balboa tells Creed in the trailer for the film, which opens Nov. 21. “This guy has nothing to lose. This guy — he’s dangerous.”

    Tessa Thompson, who was also on set the day we visited, is reprising her role as Creed’s aspiring-singer girlfriend. During the scene we saw being shot, Thompson’s Bianca sings Creed’s entrance song, as he makes his way to the boxing ring.

    “Drago was so huge in Rocky IV and he really (put a stamp) on the franchise at that time,” Jordan says after shooting the sequence. “So we wanted to make a sequel that was bigger. It’s always tough to shoot a number two to anything, but we wanted to do a fresh take. We didn’t have a real villain the first time around. That was more of an origin story with Adonis fighting himself to figure out who he was. This time, I think we found the perfect vehicle to build on that and take it to the next level.”

    With a new director in place, Steven Caple Jr., who Forbes listed in its 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment last year, and a story by Stallone and Luke Cage scribe Cheo Hodari Coker, Jordan says Creed II isn’t just about Adonis trying to rewrite history.

    “Really, it’s about life,” he says.

    Along with a group of international journalists, the Sun spoke with Jordan about what makes Creed II a unique sequel, how he trained to take on such a formidable opponent and why the Rocky saga has endured for 42 years.

    If you thought Jordan looked in killer shape for Black Panther earlier this year, wait til you see him now

    “(Gaining muscle) was easier when I was younger. I’m 31 and I shot the first one when I was 26, 27. I’m not saying I’m old by any means, but the process of getting in shape was a bit harder for Creed II. For Black Panther, I had to get bigger… I’m probably the biggest I’ve ever been… But I knew I was fighting someone who is a lot bigger than I am, so I wanted to try and catch up as best I could, and I killed myself in the gym to do that.”

    Florian is 6’4” tall and weighs 245 pounds. Is it scary stepping into the ring with him?

    “He’s scary — he really is. But he’s a big teddy bear. He’s a really, really nice guy.”

    Yup, it’s true: Sly really is a fountain of knowledge

    “He always has a lot of gems when it comes to the boxing; punching up the fights, making things look better, the rhythm of punches, the fighting sequences. He’s a genius when it comes to those things. Sly is always around to kind of give his knowledge and his two cents on anything. He’s a pivotal role in this project.”

    The 1976 original Rocky is still a classic

    “I was maybe 15, 16 when I saw the first one. It was a great underdog story. It represented the everyday guy; the American dream, what hard work, dedication and passion and heart can do for you. It had a never give up, no quit attitude. I was always a fan of it.”

    It’s not just about beating Ivan Drago’s son

    “Victor’s storyline is very layered. The two guys are similar in a lot of ways… Adonis feels, naturally, a certain animosity towards Viktor and Ivan, and then there are other themes in there: the maturity of growth, the importance of family, of legacy, is what makes Creed so special. It’s not just about revenge. It’s about a lot of things… If we get that lesson across, then I think we’ve made a pretty special movie.”

    Sly has been playing Rocky for 42 years. Is Adonis still going to be kicking around four decades from now?

    “If I’m lucky. I want to keep making them as long as they’re good. I always want to keep my finger on the pulse. Forty two years, I mean, who knows?”

    Creed II opens Nov. 21.

    How 'This is Us' Star Justin Hartley Found Love With Wife Chrishell Stause Following His Divorce

    (9/17/18) (countryliving.com) When This Is Us heartthrob Justin Hartley married actress Chrishell Stause on October 28, 2017, the ceremony was held at Malibu's Calamigos Ranch on the fourth anniversary of their first date.

    The two attended a concert together at the urging of a mutual friend. Chrishell, who has since changed her last name to Hartley, said it was love at first sight. "The next day I texted my friend: 'I found him,'" she told People.

    Justin agreed. "I drove her home and called the next day. We haven't been apart since," he added. "I knew right away [and] was like, 'Oh boy, here we go.'"

    Justin's This Is Us castmates, including Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Chrissy Metz, were on hand to help the couple celebrate their big day.

    Justin, 41, stars on the critically acclaimed NBC series as the troubled Kevin Pearson, one of the Big Three at the heart of the show. This Is Us, which debuted in 2016, has become a cultural phenomenon, breaking ratings records and kicking Justin's career into high gear (and it returns for a third season in September).

    Longtime fans know he started out on a soap opera, logging four years on Passions before taking the role of Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow, on the CW series Smallville. In later years, Justin returned to soaps on The Young and the Restless and appeared on ABC's Revenge and Mistresses. He's also graced the big screen, most recently in 2017's A Bad Moms Christmas.

    Justin married fellow Passions alumni Lindsay Hartley (née Korman) in 2004, but the couple divorced in 2012. They share a daughter, Isabella Justice (Bella for short), born in 2004 and now age 14.

    Chrishell, 37, is also an actress known for roles on soap operas All My Children and Days of Our Lives, and most recently played Bethany Bryant on The Young and the Restless. She's also appeared on the web series Youthful Daze.

    Although they're only coming up on their first wedding anniversary, the two have settled into a comfortable, married life and enjoy spending time together at home when they aren't working. "We really are all about staying in recently, cooking together, watching movies, and that sort of thing," Justin told US Weekly.

    He also knows the secret to starting his wife's day off right. "I'm an early riser, so when I hear her coming down the stairs in the morning, I turn on the coffee maker for her and get espresso going," he explained to the publication.

    For her part, Chrishell helps her husband to stay on track with his fitness routine, he noted to People.

    "She makes it easier. She's a big motivational factor for me because she's in such great shape," Justin said. "I try to keep up with her. To have somebody in your life that can motivate you is really, really good."

    Building a life together is a top priority for the couple. As Justin told the publication after their wedding, "At the risk of sounding cheesy, I look forward to sharing life experiences and growing old together. Someday, we can talk about all the things we did together 30 years ago!"

    Susan Lucci Works Out 6 Times A Week—And She’s 71 Years Old

    (9/14/18) (womenshealthmag.com) Susan Lucci is an Emmy-award winning actress for her role in "All My Children," and her memoir All My Life is a New York Times best seller. Another thing to add to her list of accomplishments: fitness badass.

    At 71 years old, Susan works out six days a week. "I try to take one day off, because you're supposed to take a day off," she says. "But I’ll always do something, because I find my body craves it."

    Her secret to maintaining such a diligent workout schedule? "I like to work out first thing in the morning," says Susan. "Because then I know, no matter what happens for the rest of the day, I’ve done something good for myself."

    Susan upped her workout game even more while prepping to appear on Dancing With The Stars two years ago. "I knew I’d have to step up my program, to get an even stronger core to be dancing on the show," she says. Now, she says she's very proud of her flat abs.

    And to make sure she maintains those abs, Susan notes that she focuses on eating food that will fuel her body, not hurt it.

    Susan does most of her workouts using a Pilates Pro Chair (as demonstrated in the video above), which is a workout tool designed to help you target certain body parts like your abs, thighs, and butt—using Pilates moves. She does 10 moves a day on this machine, for 30 to 100 reps each, once through.

    Her next fitness goal? "I want to be 5'8"," she laughs. "And I’m hoping I can get there through stretching—right now I’m five foot two on a good day."

    Melissa Leo & Bella Thorne To Star In ‘Leave Not One Alive’

    (9/13/18) Academy Award winner Melissa Leo and Bella Thorne have been tapped to topline Leave Not One Alive, an indie revenge thriller written and directed by Jordan Galland. The pic, which is currently filming in New York, hails from Ace Pictures Entertainment and DeerJen. Jake Weary (It Follows), Michael Potts (The Wire), Benedict Samuel (Gotham), Kevin Corrigan (The Departed), and Adrian Martinez (I Feel Pretty) co-star.

    The plot follows a theater actress, Lillian Cooper (Leo) whose son (Weary) dies mysteriously. When the investigating officer (Potts) rules the cause of death an accidental overdose, Lillian conducts her own investigation which leads her to an unlikely alliance with her son’s former drug dealer (Thorne). On her quest for answers, Lillian hallucinates some of the iconic characters she’s played on stage which serve as her inner voice, urging her to avenge her son’s death.

    Producers are Jen Gatien, Peter Wong, and Timur Bekbosunov with Ace Pictures Entertainment’s Johnny Chang and Emma Lee serving as exec producers. CAA is handling North American sales.

    Leo, who earned an Oscar for her performance in The Fighter, was recently seen on the big screen in Sony’s The Equalizer 2, opposite Denzel Washington. Throne starred alongside Patrick Schwarzenegger in Midnight Sun and next appears in Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation and Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.

    Leo is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, while Thorne is also with CAA as well as Thirty Three Management.

    Galland is repped by Gersh and Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger.

    Maurice Benard Stars as John Gotti in a New Movie!

    (9/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In case seeing Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos every day on GENERAL HOSPITAL isn’t enough for you, the actor will soon be portraying another mob boss — the infamous John Gotti! During the soap's recent break, the stars were freed up to enjoy some time off… or moonlight with other projects. And Benard was definitely up to something, shared a photo on his Instagram with the caption “coming soon."

    A couple weeks later, the Daytime Emmy winner shared another Instagram pic that officially revealed he will be playing the head of the Gambino crime family in the upcoming film, The Victoria Gotti Story! “Thank you Lifetime and everyone involved for a beautiful opportunity,” he declared.

    Benard, who just recently celebrated his 25th anniversary at GH, has always kept busy with side projects outside of Port Charles. He has appeared in an episode of CASTLE, and the films Joy, The Ghost and the Whale, A Lover Betrayed, Hold On, and Nightmare Cinema. He recently wrapped filming of the movie Equal Standard, co-starring Ice-T, which means Benard is available for another amazing role.

    Of course, as the movie is still early in production, scant other details are known right now, but you can believe that we will be sure to let you know when you will be able to tune in to see Benard as another powerful mob boss when the Lifetime movie airs. And for more details on the role straight from the actor himself, don’t miss our exclusive interview with Benard in the ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale Monday, Sept. 24!

    Actor Christopher Lawford, Dies of Heart Attack at 63

    (9/5/18) (dailymail.co.uk) Christopher Lawford, the nephew of John F Kennedy, has died. He was 63 years old.

    Lawford was at a yoga studio on Tuesday night when he suffered a medical emergency, law enforcement sources told TMZ.

    Sources said his death appears to be from 'natural causes'. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.

    Lawford leaves behind three children and his widow Mercedes Miller, a yoga teacher who the actor married in 2014.

    Lawford was at a yoga studio on Tuesday night when he suffered a medical emergency. He is pictured here with JFK and cousin Maria Shriver in 1962

    Lawford was the son of Patricia Kennedy and Peter Lawford, a Hollywood actor and member of the legendary Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra.

    Patricia Kennedy was one of nine children in Joseph P Kennedy Sr's clan. She was the younger sister of JFK and a year older than Bobby Kennedy.

    Kerry Kennedy, Bobby's daughter, tweeted photos of Lawford on Tuesday and said the family was mourning his loss.

    Lawford, one of Patricia and Peter's four children, was born in Santa Monica in 1955 and moved to New York City with his mother after they divorced in 1966.

    He would go on to attend boarding school in Concord, Massachusetts, where he was first introduced to drugs.

    Lawford eventually became hooked on heroin and contracted Hepatitis C.

    He was also arrested in 1980 for impersonating a doctor in order to get prescription medication in Aspen. He was given probation and the charges were dropped.

    Lawford decided to go to rehab after his cousin, David Kennedy, died of a drug overdose in 1984.

    That same year he married Jeannie Olsson, his first of three wives and with whom he had three children.

    In 1988 Lawford, who also earned a law degree from Boston College and a master's certificate in clinical psychology from Harvard, decided he wanted to be an actor.

    He went on to appear in a slew of shows include General Hospital and a three-year stint on All My Children.

    Lawford also appeared in a number of films including Thirteen Days, Slipstream, and two of the Terminator movies with former cousin-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    He also worked as a producer, acquiring George Lucas' hit film American Graffiti for Universal Studios in the 1970s and later became a correspondent on EXTRA.

    Lawford was never shy about his past substance abuse issues.

    He wrote two books, including Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption - which became a New York Times bestseller - and, more recently, When Your Partner Has An Addiction.

    His cousin Maria Shriver praised the latter book, saying: 'This complex issue affects the lives of millions of people and their families every day.'

    'Christopher and Beverly [Engel] should be applauded for approaching a delicate subject with true compassion.'

    Lawford also released Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery, which included essays from celebrities who have struggled with substance abuse.

    Carole Shelley Dies: ‘Odd Couple’ Star And Tony Award-Winning Actress Was 79

    (9/3/18) Odd Couple actress Carole Shelley died Friday from cancer at her home in Manhattan. She was 79.

    Born in London, Shelley was a star of stage and screen. She made her Broadway debut in 1965 in the original cast of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. In 1975, she received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular. In 1979, she received another nomination and a win for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the original company of The Elephant Man.

    Shelley went on to reprise her role of Gwendolyn Pigeon in the film and TV series adaptation of The Odd Couple. She and Monica Evans are the only two actors to appear in all three major iterations of Simon’s play as the same characters.

    Shelley’s award streak would continue as she won an Obie Award in 1982 for her work in the Off-Broadway production of James Lapine’s Twelve Dreams and received a Tony nod for her role in Stepping Out.

    It wasn’t until the late ’90s when she expanded her talent to the world of stage musicals, replacing Elaine Stritch as Parthy in Show Boat. In 1998, she stepped into the role of Fraulein Schneider in the Cabaret revival. She played the character of Madame Morrible in the original Broadway cast of Wicked in 2003 before opening Billy Elliot The Musical in 2008 where she played the Grandma, a role which earned her a fourth Tony nomination. Her final bow on Broadway was in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

    In addition to her role in the film and TV adaptation of The Odd Couple Shelley lent her voice talents to numerous animated Disney films including The Aristocats in 1970, Robin Hood in 1973, as well as Hercules in 1997. Her credits spanned across the decades and included The Boston Strangler in 1968, The Super in1991 as well as 1994’s Quiz Show and The Road to Wellville. In 2005 she starred opposite Nicole Kidman and her Broadway peer Kristin Chenoweth in the 2005 movie adaptation of the classic sitcom Bewitched. On the TV side, she appeared on All My Children, The Avengers, The Cosby Show, Frasier, and Law and Order: SVU.

    Mr. Robot to End With Season 4

    (8/30/18) Mr. Robot is powering down: The USA Network drama will end after its upcoming fourth season, TVLine has confirmed.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news of Mr. Robot‘s conclusion, the final season has been expanded to 12 episodes, up from an initial eight-episode order. (A representative for the series would not confirm the episode count for TVLine.)

    Though the show’s Season 4 renewal was announced in December 2017, Mr. Robot is not expected to return until 2019.

    Showrunner Sam Esmail addressed the series’ conclusion in the following statement to THR:

    When I first created the world of Mr. Robot, I thought it would be a niche television series with a small, cult following. Over the past three years, it has become so much more, and I am continually humbled by the show’s recognition and by the amazing cast and crew that work tirelessly to help bring my vision to life. Since Day 1, I’ve been building toward one conclusion — and in breaking the next season of Mr. Robot, I have decided that conclusion is finally here. Everyone on the creative team, including the amazing people at USA and UCP, didn’t want to say goodbye, but we ultimately have too much respect for Elliot’s journey to extend past its inevitable ending. Therefore, Season 4 will serve as the final chapter of the Mr. Robot story. To fans of the show: Thank you for the past three years, and I can’t wait to share this exciting final season with you.

    Mr. Robot, which stars Rami Malek as brilliant but troubled hacker Elliot Alderson, debuted in June 2015 to critical acclaim. In 2016, it won the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, while Malek and co-star Christian Slater have respectively nabbed an Emmy and Golden Globe for their work.

    Earlier this month, Slater hinted to Collider that Season 4 may be the series’ last, acknowledging that “Sam always said it was going to be somewhere in that zone, and he didn’t want to go further than what he could creatively contribute to that storyline.”

    In last fall’s Season 3, the thriller averaged 530,000 weekly viewers and a 0.22 demo rating (in Live+SameDay numbers), down sharply from its sophomore run (742K/0.3). Season 1 averaged 1.4 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.

    OWN’s ‘David Makes Man’ Adds Five To Cast, Sets Directors For Season 1

    (8/27/18) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is rounding out the ensemble cast of its upcoming coming -of-age drama series David Makes Man, from Oscar-winning Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, and has named the directors who will helm Season 1.

    Joining the cast as a series regular is Alana Arenas, (L.A. Confidential, Chicago P.D.), while Gillian Williams (The Girlfriend Experience), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Quad, Billions), Elvis Nolasco (American Crime) and Randy Gonzalez (Bloodline) are set for recurring roles. They join previously announced cast Phylicia Rashad, Akili McDowell, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Jordan Bolger, Cayden K. Williams and Travis Coles.

    Directors joining the hour-long drama include Michael Francis Williams, Kiel Adrian Scott, Daina Reid and Cheryl Dunye.

    The series, currently in production in Orlando, Florida, is set for a 2019 premiere on OWN.

    David Makes Man centers on David (McDowell), a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the lyrical drama, inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the inherent trauma sustained in the fight for survival.

    Arenas will play Gloria, David’s young, hardworking, single mother who wants better for her children. A now-sober, former drug user, she worries that social services might take her sons away.

    Williams will recur as Jessica Kelly, David’s former music teacher who is the mother of his best friend, Seren. Santiago-Hudson is Dr. Bree, a clinical psychiatrist who challenges David to examine the trauma of his past and his hopes for the future. Nolasco will play Tio-Teo, the uncle to David’s strained acquaintance, Raynan. He aims to expand his illegal prescription med operation . . . no matter what the cost. Gonzalez is Mr. Lopez, a teacher of remedial math who believes in David more than David believes in himself.

    Williams, known for his compelling short films, is making his TV directorial debut with David Makes Man. He recently wrote and directed Black Star: Mila and Stay Woke, and he previously helmed commercials for brands including Nike, Adidas, McDonald’s and Sony.

    Spike Lee protégé, Scott’s films have screened internationally, winning several major film festivals, including the American Black Film Festival’s HBO Short Film Competition. His film Samaria was recognized for outstanding directorial achievement at the DGA Student Film Awards and was a finalist in the Student Academy Awards. He participated in Ryan Murphy’s HALF Foundation directing mentorship program, where he shadowed Angela Bassett. Most recently Kiel directed the two-part miniseries The Bobby Brown Story for BET.

    Reid’s recent directing credits include The Handmaid’s Tale, Hunters, The Spanish Princess and Sunshine, which won the 2017 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for best telefeature or miniseries, in addition to Reid receiving the Australian Directors’ Guild Award for best direction. In 2016, she directed and co-produced the miniseries adaptation of The Secret River, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and won The Silver Logie for most outstanding drama series.

    Dunye is considered the most influential African American filmmaker to emerge from New Queer Cinema wave of the mid-1990s. Her groundbreaking first film, The Watermelon Woman, won the Teddy Award for Best Feature at Berlinale in 1996. Her 2002 follow-up, HBO’s Stranger Inside, was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Director. Since 2017, she has directed episodes of Queen Sugar and Love Is___ for OWN and Warner Horizon, Claws for TNT, and The Fosters for Freeform. She is now set to write & direct The Wonder Of All Things for Lionsgate.

    David Makes Man is produced by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

    Nolasco is repped by Paradigm and Silver Lining Entertainment. Gonzalez is repped by Lisa Lax Agency, Smith & Hervey/Grimes Talent Agency, and Red Baron Management. Santiago-Hudson is repped by Gersh.

    Tonya Pinkins on Elementary 9/10/18

    (8/27/18) “Fit to Be Tied” – Holmes and Watson’s deadly conflict with Sherlock’s former friend Michael (Desmond Harrington) intensifies when their newest victim looks to be the serial killer’s latest prey, in the first part of a two-episode season finale event on ELEMENTARY, Monday, Sept. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Parminder Nagra (Special Agent Mallick), David Pittu (William Bazemore), Tonya Pinkins (Judge Marilyn Whitfield)

    Dorothy Lyman on FBI 9/25/18

    (8/24/18) “Pilot” – After a bomb explosion devastates a residential apartment building, special agents Maggie Bell and Omar Adom “OA” Zidan of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigate a possible war between rival gangs – that is, until their prime suspects are discovered brutally murdered, on FBI, Tuesday, Sept. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    From Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind the “Law & Order” franchise, FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This elite unit brings to bear all their talents, intellect and technical expertise on major cases in order to keep New York and the country safe. Born into a multigenerational law enforcement family, Special Agent Maggie Bell commits deeply to the people she works with as well as those she protects. Her partner is Special Agent Omar Adom “OA” Zidan, a West Point graduate via Bushwick who spent two years undercover for the DEA before being cherry-picked by the FBI. Overseeing them is Special Agent in Charge Dana Mosier (Sela Ward), who operates under intense pressure 24/7/365 and has undeniable command authority. The team also includes Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine, the nerve center of the office whose ability to easily relate to and engage with both superiors and subordinates makes him a master motivator. Kristen Chazal is the team’s most valued resource, a brilliant analyst recruited straight out of university who can piece together the big picture faster than anyone. These first-class agents tenaciously investigate cases of tremendous magnitude, including terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence.

    GUEST CAST includes: Connie Nielson (Ellen Solberg), Dallas Roberts (Robert Lawrence), Dorothy Lyman (Jilly Peters)

    Kathy Bates on Big Bang Theory 9/24/18

    (8/24/18) “The Conjugal Configuration” – Sheldon and Amy’s honeymoon runs aground in New York, while Penny and Leonard discover they are uncomfortably similar to Amy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fowler (Teller and Kathy Bates). Also, Koothrappali insults physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and starts a Twitter war, on the 12th season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY, on a special night, Monday, Sept. 24 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    RECURRING CAST: Kathy Bates (Mrs. Fowler), Teller (Mr. Fowler), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Himself), Bill Nye (Himself)

    Will & Grace: Matt Bomer to Guest-Star as Will's Smug Suitor in Season 10

    (8/24/18) Will Truman is making a date with TV’s erstwhile Neal Caffrey.

    White Collar vet Matt Bomer will guest-star on a Season 10 episode of Will & Grace, NBC announced Thursday.

    He’ll appear on the sitcom as a smooth-talking, self-satisfied TV news anchor who dates Eric McCormack’s character.

    Speechless star Minnie Driver also will be back in that episode as Lorraine Finster, Karen’s stepdaughter and nemesis, whom Karen seeks out at the strip club where Lorraine works to try and get more money in her divorce settlement.

    Rounding out the installment’s guest roster is Olympic figure skater (and soon-to-be Dancing With the Stars: Juniors judge!) Adam Rippon, who will make a cameo appearance.

    As previously announced, Friends alum David Schwimmer will recur in Season 10 as a love interest for Debra Messing’s Grace, while Alec Baldwin, Chelsea Handler, Jon Cryer and Mary McCormack are also slated for guest appearances.

    Will & Grace returns on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 9/8c on NBC.

    Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions & ABC Developing Comedy Series ‘The Sanchez Way’

    (8/23/18) ABC and Milojo Productions announced today the development of a new half hour comedy series, The Sanchez Way, produced through Milojo’s first-look deal with ABC Studios.

    Writer Isaac Gonzalez (Legends of Chamberlain Heights, Mr. Iglesias) joins Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, and Albert Bianchini as the show’s executive producers from Milojo.

    The Sanchez Way is an irreverent comedy about a loud, proud, Mexican-American family that lives by a very strict working class code. Show centers on Pedro Sanchez, the patriarch of the family, whose code is threatened when his “fresa” brother-in-law (a Mexican yuppie) moves to town and wants to be part of the family.

    Milojo Productions is represented by CAA and attorney Jake Levy with Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo P.C.

    Isaac Gonzalez is represented by CAA and attorney Adam Cooper at Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.

    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ NY-based Milojo Productions has developed and produced for networks including, Bravo, Logo, VH1, E!, CMT, HGTV, WeTV, TLC and Discovery. They are behind the Emmy-nominated documentary, The Streak for ESPN, and critically acclaimed documentary Off The Rez for TLC, both of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Their newest docu-series for Logo, Fire Island, premiered in 2017. The company has been involved in such projects as Masters of Reception, Homemade Millionaire, Dirty Soap, Cheer, Secret Guide To Fabulous, My Diet Is Better Than Yours, Secret Guide to Summer, and the New Now Next Vote election specials with Wanda Sykes.

    ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Casts Up Flight School Saga Around Tom Cruise

    (8/21/18) Paramount Pictures is in talks to add a diverse coterie of talent to Top Gun: Maverick.

    Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), Charles Parnell (A Million Little Pieces), Jay Ellis (Insecure), Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW), Danny Ramirez (Assassination Nation), and Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop) are being set to join the ensemble opposite Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller.

    The Joseph Kosinski-directed film is slated for release July 12, 2019, with script by Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing with Cruise and Skydance’s David Ellison.

    McKenzie, who’ll play the daughter of Connelly’s character, is repped by UTA, Industry and Untitled; Parnell, who’ll play an admiral, is repped by Greene & Associates; Ellis, who’ll play a pilot, is UTA and Rise Management, Salahuddin, who plays an engineer, is CAA, Ramirez, who’ll play a pilot, is Abrams Artists and Industry, Barbaro, who’ll play another Top Gun pilot, is Innovative and Main Title Entertainment.

    How Kelly Ripa fell for Mark Consuelos before they met

    (8/16/18) It was love at first sight … kind of.

    Kelly Ripa knew she had a future with husband Mark Consuelos after seeing his picture for the first time, she revealed in a recent interview with Bruce Bozzi on his “Lunch with Bruce” show.

    “I saw my husband in a photograph before I saw him [in person] and I knew,” Ripa, 47, told host Bozzi on the SiriusXM show.

    At the time, the “Live” talk show host was an actress on ABC’s daytime soap opera “All My Children,” and was helping to cast the role of Mateo Santos.

    After auditioning every Latino “in the city, and around the city, and then California,” the show’s casting director, Judy Blye Wilson, approached Ripa with the perfect fit for the role, she explained.

    “[Wilson] showed me [Consuelos’] picture — and Bruce, I’m not this person — like at that point I was not a hopeless romantic,” she said. “I never thought about getting married, it never occurred to me that I would grow old with someone. I just thought I would be living my single-girl life in the city … I had no responsibilities and I was earning a good living on the soap opera because I was there for almost seven years before Mark got there. I was a baby when I got my job.”

    She continued, “So when I saw him, the photograph of him, I saw my entire future with him flash before [me.] Like I saw it. And I don’t believe in any of that and now I do because of that moment.”

    Soon after Consuelos, 47, joined the cast of “All My Children” in 1995, he and Ripa fell for each other.

    The power couple married in 1996 and have three children together, Lola, Joaquin and Michael.

    Morgana King Dies: ‘Godfather’ Actress And Jazz Singer Was 87

    (8/15/18) Morgana King, who is best known for playing Marlon Brando’s wife in Godfather I & II, died March 22 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was 87.

    According to the Washington Post, her death was not previously reported. The Riverside County coroner’s office confirmed her death.

    Born Maria Grazia Messina on June 4, 1930, in Pleasantville, NY, she grew up with five siblings in New York City. Her parents were from Italy. She was recognized for her singing talents at a young age and continued to hone her skills which led to a scholarship at the Metropolitan School of Music.

    For more than 50 years, King was a jazz singer who performed in clubs and recorded nearly 20 albums. Her talent was admired by such greats as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington and opera star Eileen Farrell. In 1964, she received a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist.

    She performed on The Andy Williams Show and The Hollywood Palace in 1964 and continued TV appearances on television talk and variety shows including The Mike Douglas Show, The Dean Martin Show, and The David Frost Show.

    She appeared in the Frances Ford Coppola 1972 classic as Carmela Corleone, the wife of Brando’s Don Vito Corleone. Her lines were minimal, but her musical talents were used in the wedding scene when she sang the Italian song “Luna Mezz’o Mare.” She reprised her role in The Godfather: Part II, where her character died. After her roles in The Godfather films, she took the occasional acting role in film and television including a role on All My Children.

    She continued to perform in clubs and concerts and appeared on variety shows. Her was public performance was in 2000.

    Billy Miller Returns to SUITS — Watch the Dramatic Preview!

    (8/14/18) (Video) If you can’t get enough of Billy Miller as Drew Cain on GENERAL HOSPITAL, be sure to tune in to SUITS on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 9 p.m. ET to watch him reprising his role of Marcus Specter on the USA primetime series. And it looks like he’ll certainly be bringing the drama when he calls on older brother Harvey (series star Gabriel Macht) to defend him.

    “What Mom did is nothing like this,” Marcus says in the preview for the episode. But Harvey shoots back: “You asked your kids to lie for you. How is that different?” And Marcus looks awfully guilty as he finds himself under attack by his brother.

    Miller’s character was first introduced in the fourth season finale of SUITS and then made subsequent appearances in episodes in the fifth and sixth season. Now, in the middle of the eighth season, he’s back for more. “Billy Miller and I had a good time working together,” Macht told Collider following his first appearance on the show. “He was excellent.”

    While appearing on GH, Miller has also made appearances on Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, and has filmed some episodes of the upcoming series ARE YOU SLEEPING with Octavia Spencer and Elizabeth Perkins.

    Check out this tease for Miller’s new episode of SUITS and be sure to tune in Wednesday night to check it out! (Or watch it on the USA website when it’s uploaded the following day if you forget to set your DVR or miss it.)

    Teen Choice Award Winners

    (8/13/18) Choice Movie Villain (#ChoiceMovieVillain)
    Michael B. Jordan – “Black Panther”

    Choice Comedy TV Actress (#ChoiceComedyTVActress)
    Gina Rodriguez – “Jane the Virgin”

    Choice TV Villain (#ChoiceTVVillain)
    Mark Consuelos – “Riverdale”

    Riverdale Casts Mark Consuelos' Son to Play Young Hiram in Season 3

    (8/11/18) Riverdale is keeping it all in the family, casting Mark Consuelos’ real-life son Michael to play a young version of Hiram Lodge in a Season 3 flashback episode, TV Insider is reporting.

    The flashback episode — first revealed at the CW drama’s Comic-Con panel last month — will travel back to when the Riverdale gang’s parents were in high school, with the young cast playing teen versions of their onscreen parents. (KJ Apa will play a young Fred, and Lili Reinhart will play a young Alice.) “We’re gonna learn about a really, really dark secret that the parents have been keeping since they were” in high school, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has teased.

    Michael Consuelos, the eldest son of Mark and wife Kelly Ripa, only has a few acting credits so far as a voice performer on shows like Go, Diego! Go! and Duck Dodgers. Series star Camila Mendes (Veronica) will play the young version of Hiram’s future wife Hermione.

    The flashback episode, titled “The Midnight Club,” will be the fourth installment of the upcoming Season 3 — which debuts Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c on The CW.

    Soap Alumni Unite For New Project

    (8/8/18) A sudsy new half-hour drama that wraps its three-day shoot today in Manhattan features a bevy of soap alumni: Morgan Fairchild (ex-Anjelica, DAYS, et al), Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT), Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL, et al), Scott Evans (ex-Fish, OLTL), Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, Y&R) and David A. Gregory (ex-Ford, OLTL) star alongside entertainment blogger Perez Hilton in the ensemble drama MÉLANGE, which Variety reports “will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic New York City gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.” Newman plays the late bar owner, Syd, and Fairchild plays his widow, Vivian.

    Timeless' Abigail Spencer to Star in Hulu Revenge Drama Pilot Reprisal

    (8/8/18) No more Ms. Nice Time-Traveler.

    Abigail Spencer has signed on to play a badass femme fatale in the pilot of Hulu’s upcoming Reprisal.

    The Timeless actress will play Katherine Harlow, a woman who was left for dead but survives and takes on the new persona of Doris Dearie. After years of relative peace and quiet, Doris’ niece is taken by the same gang that tried to kill her, which prompts Doris to go on a revenge-filled rescue mission.

    Josh Corbin (StartUp) will write the potential series, which is produced by A+E Studios and The Littlefield Company.

    Spencer’s other TV credits include Rectify, Suits, Grey’s Anatomy, True Detective and All My Children. She’ll next be seen reprising the role of Prof. Lucy Preston in Timeless‘ recently ordered, two-part finale wrap-up movie, which is slated to air during the holiday season.

    'Melrose Place' Star Jamie Luner Gets Dismissal in Sexual Assault Lawsuit

    (8/6/18) Jamie Luner is off the hook in that massive -- $250 million -- sexual assault lawsuit she was facing ... TMZ has learned.

    The judge dismissed the lawsuit Anthony Oliver filed earlier this year. TMZ broke the story ... Oliver claimed the "Melrose Place" star had plied him with alcohol and drugs at a party in 1998 -- when he was just 16 -- and then had sex with him.

    The judge tossed it based on statute of limitations ... pointing out Oliver had waited 20 years to file the suit. It needed to be filed within 8 years after turning 18, or within 3 years of discovering a repressed memory.

    Jamie's reps told us the whole allegation was unfounded, and believed it was part of a "targeted extortion scheme." The rep also said Oliver had a sordid history with the courts ... filing 27 federal lawsuits.

    Worth noting ... he's appealing the dismissal.

    Susan Lucci on Joining Hallmark & If Erica Kane Will Ever Stop by 'General Hospital'

    (8/6/18) Susan Lucci on Joining Hallmark & If Erica Kane Will Ever Stop by 'General Hospital': read the interview here.

    Killer Twin - August 4, 2018 - 8pm - Lifetime

    (8/4/18) Killer Twin

    8:00 PM Lifetime

    August 4, 2018

    A schoolteacher (Passions‘ Lindsay Hartley) has her life turned upside down when her long-lost twin sister returns, vowing to ruin her perfect life. Which surely was a Passions storyline. Or two.

    ‘Erase’: Donald Faison & Eric Nelsen Cast In Denis Leary’s USA Network Drama Pilot

    (8/2/18) Donald Faison (Ray Donovan) and Eric Nelsen (A Walk Among the Tombstones) have been cast in key series regular roles opposite Denis Leary and Callie Thorne in Erase, USA Network’s crime thriller-with-a-twist drama pilot.

    Created by Leary and Alex Cary, Erase is the story of Donal O’Neal (Leary), a dirty ex-cop who decides to do the right thing and bring down his complicit superior officers. In this gritty crime thriller, laced with elements of black comedy, Donal races against time to repair the damage he’s done to his estranged family while trying to avoid being killed by his enemies.

    Faison will play Raffi Dumauge, Donal’s (Leary) ex-partner and closest friend. Now retired from the NYPD, he has reinvented himself as a family man.

    Nelsen will portray Sean O’Neal, Donal’s (Leary) son who works as a DJ a couple nights a week, surrounded by booze and blow in a Long Island club, raking in enough cash to put a strut in his step. At this rate, he risks heading down the same path as his father.

    Leary and Cary executive produce, along with Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti for Universal Cable Prods.

    Faison recurs on Ray Donovan and was recently seen on Unsolved at USA Network. He’s repped by UTA and Fuller Law.

    Nelsen is best known for his role opposite Liam Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones and for his lead role in Coming Through The Rye. He currently recurs on Showtime’s The Affair. His other TV credits include NCIS, The Good Wife, The Blacklist, Girls & Blue Bloods. Nelsen is repped by Bryan Leder of Authentic Talent and Literary Management and attorney Hayes Robbins of SGSBC.

    Chrishell Hartley Returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

    (8/1/18) Look out, Salem, Chrishell Hartley is returning to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Jordan Ridgeway! “Like sands through the hourglass,” the actress tweeted after the news broke. Of course, because the NBC sudser tapes so far ahead, she won’t actually be appearing on screen until early 2019.

    Don’t be confused by the name chance. This is the same Chrishelle who went by her maiden name of Stause when she appeared as Amanda on ALL MY CHILDREN and Bethany on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. She married daytime alum and THIS IS US star Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, Y&R) in October of 2017.

    Jordan first appeared on DAYS in August of 2013 as a physical therapist hired by Kate to treat Rafe. She and the cop started a romance, but Kate was suspicious of her and dug into her shady past. Jordan was stunned when her brother, Ben Weston, arrived in Salem, but things got worse when Kate brought their father, Clyde Weston, to town. She was horrified to see him again and wanted to keep him away from her brother, but Clyde threatened to tell Ben that Jordan was responsible for the accident that killed their mother, so she backed off.

    After a brief fling with Chad, Jordan accepted a job offer in England in 2015, and hasn’t been seen since. What brings her back to Salem? Jordan wasn’t around for Ben’s reign of terror as the Necktie Killer, so she and her brother would certainly have a lot to catch up on!

    Timeless Lives! NBC Revives Cancelled Drama With 'Two-Part Finale'

    (7/31/18) Timeless has miraculously cheated death for a second time. One month after cancelling the cult drama (again), NBC announced Tuesday that it has ordered a two-part finale that will give “closure to the globetrotting series.” The Peacock net did not specify an air date beyond confirming that the two-hour event will premiere during the holidays.

    “While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of Timeless, this is the next best thing,” said executive producers Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke in a joint statement. “We’re thrilled to take the Lifeboat out for one last spin and bring closure to our story. The studio, network, cast and crew are all doing this for one reason only: the fans. Because they deserve it. Because the fans made this happen and we thank them for their passion, support and helicopters. So? You guys want to get Rufus back or what?”

    Per NBC, the entire cast — including Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Višnjic, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit — are on board for the finale.

    NBC floated the possibility of producing a wrap-up movie in late June when it announced that Timeless would not be returning for a third season, but the odds of the project snagging a green light — given the logistics and financial hurdles — were considered remote. Earlier this month, Ryan seemed to hammer the last nail in the series’ coffin when he tweeted that efforts to find Timeless a new home “have sadly failed,” adding that a finale movie was similarly looking unlikely, “While Sony will continue to look at any and all options, actor deals have expired and it appears there will be no Season 3 or beyond.”

    Timeless of course made headlines last year when it was axed after its freshman season — and then uncancelled just three days later by NBC. Following a year-long hiatus, the 10-episode second season premiered last March in its new Sundays-at-10 time slot to less-than-stellar ratings.

    The Season 2 finale, which aired May 13, ended with a doozy of a cliffhanger: Future versions of Lucy and Wyatt arrived in the present-day bunker with a potential plan to save their dead teammate Rufus.

    “We’re excited to tell one final chapter to this incredible story,” said Lisa Katz, Co-President, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “A huge thank you to all – our cast, crew, producers and partners at Sony – who have worked so very hard, and to the fans who kept us on our toes and made sure we did our very best week after week.”

    Comments by Celebs podcast with first guest Kelly Ripa

    (7/29/18) (Download / listen) Comments by Celebs founders Emma & Julie kick off the podcast with their first guest, Kelly Ripa. The three discuss the lurking conspiracy theory that Kelly secretly runs the account, as she’s been such an avid supporter. At 2:54, they dive into the Hailey Baldwin/Justin Bieber engagement news and all three give their take. At 30:36, Kelly texts Andy Cohen to alert him of a new show idea the three of them came up with mid-podcast. At 45:17, they start playing games - where the three discuss their ideal celebrity dinner party (each get to invite three guests.) Simply, this was the kickoff episode we could have only dreamed of.

    Susan Lucci To Star In Hallmark Mystery Movie

    (7/27/18) Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has closed a development deal with Susan Lucci. She will star in and executive produce a mystery movie based on the novel Charley’s Web by Joy Fielding. It will focus on a columnist who uncovers the truth behind the crimes in the community.

    “We are honored to begin a mystery movie partnership with television icon Susan Lucci,” said Vicary. “We are excited to bring her creative storytelling, enthusiasm and passion for television to our viewers and bring her perspective to the mystery genre.”

    Lucci became famous for her Emmy streak, winning her first Daytime Emmy after 19 nominations for All My Children. Her series credits also include Devious Maids and Hot in Cleveland.

    Home & Family: Cameron Mathison to Replace Mark Steines as Co-Host

    (7/26/18) Debbie Matenopoulos won’t be flying solo at Home & Family much longer: Hallmark Channel has tapped Cameron Mathison to serve as co-host of its lifestyle series, replacing Mark Steines.

    According to our sister site Deadline, Mathison — who has served as a guest co-host on the show multiple times, particularly after Steines’ exit — will start co-hosting full-time in September, when the show kicks off its seventh season.

    “Cameron Mathison, always a fan-favorite in Hallmark Original movies, brings his enthusiasm, zest and spirit to the liveliest how-to show in all of daytime television,” said Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming and network publicity for Crown Media Family Networks. “TV viewers have come to know Cameron on All My Children and as a correspondent on Entertainment Tonight, and we cannot wait to welcome him to our Home & Family family when Season 7 begins.’

    The news of Mathison’s co-host gig comes less than two months after Steines was abruptly let go from Home & Family. Matenopoulos addressed his exit on the series’ June 1 episode, fighting back tears as she said, “We are grateful to Mark, and we want to thank him from the bottom of our hearts for six of the most incredible years that he has had here hosting this incredible show that he helped build.”

    Josh Duhamel and Eiza Gonzalez Break Up After Five Months

    (7/25/18) After five short months, Josh Duhamel and Eiza González are calling it quits.

    According to multiple outlets, the two are no longer dating due to their conflicting schedules. "Their work schedules were tough on the relationship," a source told People.

    And despite being spotted together in Mexico over the Fourth of July weekend, an insider told Us Weekly that the duo broke up just weeks ago, claiming "they just drifted apart."

    In June, the Baby Driver actress and her beau went public with their romance after months of speculation. The two were spotted leaving the Japanese restaurant Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills, with eyewitnesses telling E! News at the time, "Josh was trying his best to stay under the radar, but Eiza had her hand on his waist and a big smile on her face."

    Things quickly heated up as the actor, who announced his divorce to Fergie just last year, went to the actress' home country of Mexico for a romantic getaway. It was there that the 45-year-old and his 28-year-old girlfriend engaged in some heavy PDA while taking in the sights of the Muyil Lagoon, near the Mayan ruins.

    But alas, all good things must come to an end.

    'Dukes of Hazzard' Star Tom Wopat Pleads Guilty to 'Annoying' Female Cast Members

    (7/23/18) Ex-'Dukes of Hazzard' star Tom Wopat is dodging possible prison time by pleading guilty to a lesser charge in his felony indecent assault case from last year.

    Wopat pled guilty to annoying or accosting a person, and got a year of probation. TMZ broke the story ... he was busted last summer in Waltham, MA for groping multiple women in the cast of the play in which he was starring. Police reports said he had put his finger between the buttocks of one woman.

    His original charges were indecent assault and battery, both felonies, plus cocaine possession and 2 charges of accosting annoying. Prosecutors dropped the felonies Friday as part of his plea deal.

    As for the coke -- that charge will be dropped if he keeps his nose clean, literally and figuratively, for one year.

    Tonya Pinkins on Fear The Walking Dead

    (7/22/18) Fear the Walking Dead underwent a major change in its fourth season when it essentially blew its cast up. Actors like Garret Dillahunt and Jenna Elfman were added, while mainstays from the show's original concept were shockingly — even by franchise standards — killed off. Adios Kim Dickens. G'bye Frank Dillane.

    In Season 4B, the changes will continue as Fear the Walking Dead is adding a handful of actors, including 12 Monkeys' Aaron Stanford. This is what we in the business call "good casting." Stanford is a genre star, having also starred in Nikita and X-Men: The Last Stand, and in addition to being a great actor, he just looks like a guy who would be wandering the desert after a zombie apocalypse, right?

    Also joining the cast will be Stephen Henderson (Lady Bird), Tonya Pinkins (Gotham), Mo Collins (MadTV) and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell (Galaxy Quest). Collins and Mitchell are interesting choices as they're primarily known for their comedy chops. Collins has a background in sketch comedy and was a scene stealer in Lady Dynamite, while Mitchell played the one and only Tommy in the best sci-fi comedy of all time, Galaxy Quest.

    But hey, Elfman — best known for network sitcoms — joined Season 4 and was good, so maybe Collins and Mitchell can show another side of their talent, too. There are no details on their characters, so your guess is as good as ours.

    Season 4B will continue the survivors' stories after a creative reboot in the first half that saw two timelines, a time jump, a crossover as The Walking Dead's Morgan (Lennie James) came onboard, new characters, a new Western-themed tone and the loss of two major characters, Madison and Nick.

    Fear the Walking Dead returns Sunday, Aug. 12 on AMC.

    Jordi Vilasuso Joins Y&R

    (7/20/18) Daytime Emmy winner Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Dario, DAYS; ex-Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) has been cast on Y&R in a new role. The actor will play a mysterious stranger named Rey who quickly finds himself immersed in the drama of Genoa City. Vilasuso will make his Y&R debut on Friday, August 17.

    Moon Bloodgood and GH's Billy Miller Join Apple's Are You Sleeping Thriller

    (7/20/18) Falling Skies alum Moon Bloodgood has booked a series regular role on Are You Sleeping, a thriller series for Apple’s yet-to-be-named, coming-some-day streaming service. Meanwhile, three-time Daytime Emmy winner Billy Miller (General Hospital, The Young and the Restless) is set to recur.

    Based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, Are You Sleeping — which counts Reese Witherspoon among its EPs — centers on Octavia Spencer’s Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Lizzy Caplan plays Josie and Lanie, twin sisters whose father was the murder victim.

    Bloodgood will fill the series regular role of Poppy’s best friend, Cath, while Miller will recur as Lanie’s husband Alex.

    Additionally, Brett Cullen (Narcos) will recur as the father of convicted murder Warren Cave.

    Kelly Ripa Reveals She and Mark Consuelos Broke Up 1 Week Before Eloping in Las Vegas in 1996

    (7/15/18) Quick celebrity engagements are on their way to becoming a summer 2018 trend with couples like Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande, and Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin putting a ring on it after whirlwind romances.

    But Kelly Ripa revealed that she and husband Mark Consuelos actually had a similarly nontraditional trip to the alter ahead of their May 1996 nuptials.

    “Right before we got married, we broke up,” the Live With Kelly and Ryan host, 47, told Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer on the debut episode of Betches‘ Comments by Celebs podcast, released this week. “We broke up and we got back together the day before we went off and eloped. Yeah, we eloped. We went to Vegas and got married.”

    Ripa and Consuelos, 47, met while working together on All My Children in the ’90s, and the soap opera actually brought them back together when they took that brief break after a year of dating.

    “We broke up the week before we got married … He popped the question the day before we got married, but that day, that very day that we got back together, we were at a taping of Regis and Kathie Lee,” she recalls. “It was their Mother’s Day special. They were pretaping it, and one of the dreams of one of the mothers was to meet Mark and me. We were her favorite characters on All My Children.”

    “She wanted to meet us, and I think we drove out a new car or pushed out a new pool table or something,” Ripa adds. “She got a present from her kids and we brought it out to her. It all is so connected.”

    Ripa, of course, went on to join Philbin, 86, as the cohost of Live in 2001, and she and Consuelos are now the parents of Michael, 21, Lola, 17, and Joaquin, 15. They couple also just announced that they’ll produce a TV series for Freeform together based on the How the Other Half Hamptons novel.

    2018 Primetime Emmy Nominations

    (7/12/18) (Former soap stars in bold)

    LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
    Pamela Adlon, Better Things
    Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Allison Janney, Mom
    Issa Rae, Insecure
    Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
    Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

    LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Donald Glover)
    Anthony Anderson, black-ish
    Ted Danson, The Good Place
    Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Donald Glover, Atlanta
    Bill Hader, Barry
    William H. Macy, Shameless

    SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Alec Baldwin)
    Louie Anderson, Baskets
    Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
    Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
    Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
    Henry Winkler, Barry

    GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: SNL host Dave Chappelle)
    Katt Williams, Atlanta
    Sterling K. Brown, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    Bryan Cranston, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Donald Glover, Saturday Night Live
    Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Laura Dern)
    Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
    Letitia Wright, Black Mirror, “Black Museum”
    Merrit Wever, Godless
    Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
    Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
    Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

    SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Alexander Skarsgård)
    Jeff Daniels, Godless
    Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
    Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
    Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story<

    Freeform Developing Hamptons Series From Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos & Kapital

    (7/11/18) Freeform has put into development How the Other Half Hamptons, an hourlong series from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions.

    Based on the book by Jasmin Rosemberg, which was released by Grand Central Publishing in 2008, How the Other Half Hamptons explores the Hamptons sharehouse, an annual ritual with a camp-like culture that scores of Manhattan twentysomethings take part in every summer.

    Best friends Rachel (the good girl), Jamie (the wild one), and Allison (the suddenly single serial monogamist) are about to find out How The Other Half Hamptons. For 16 weekends, they’ll inhabit a 10-bedroom house with 40 strangers and juggle endless parties with regrettable hookups while dodging unexpected twists of fate. They’ll encounter shared bathrooms (three or more women to a mirror,) discover what passes for entertainment (beer pong,) and face sticky dilemmas (having your ex show up at the same house.) If nothing else, they’ll learn at least one valuable lesson — how to do it better next year.

    Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor are executive producing alongside Ripa, Consuelos and Albert Bianchini for Milojo Productions. As longtime New Yorkers, husband-and-wife Ripa and Consuelos have been Hamptons regulars and have owned a place in the posh oceanside enclave.

    Kapital has a long history at Freeform and its predecessor ABC Family that includes multiple pilots and two series, Chasing Life and Kevin From Work. Additionally, Kapital and Milojo have developed several projects together.

    Kapital Entertainment’s series portfolio includes A Million Little Things and American Housewife at ABC; The Neighborhood, Fam and Life In Pieces at CBS; Divorce at HBO; Santa Clarita Diet at Netflix; The Chi at Showtime; and Tell Me a Story at CBS All Access.

    Milojo’s TV credits include documentaries The Streak for ESPN and Off The Rez for TLC (both of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival) as well as Fire Island on Logo. In the digital space, the company did Joffrey Elite for YouTube’s AwesomenessTV. At Freeform (then ABC Family), Milojo previously developed a musical comedy. The company is repped by CAA and attorney Jake Levy.

    Jacob Young Is "Pretty Sure" He Broke His Ankle!

    (7/11/18) Please join us in sending best wishes for a speedy recovery to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Jacob Young (Rick), who injured himself shortly after returning home from filming a movie! “Dang!” he shared on Instagram. “Just arrived at home and started doing some work outside, rolled my ankle and pretty sure it’s broken.” But he also assured fans that he’s being well taken care of by his better half. “Christen Young has got it under control!” he promised. He also joked: “I’m sure I’ll milk it for all it’s worth.”

    It looks pretty painfully swollen, and fans flooded his comments with messages urging him to be careful and make sure to go to the doctor. Young responded that X-rays are definitely on the agenda for the following day. Hopefully he had returned home because he was all finished filming his upcoming movie, They Call Him Angel, where he’s playing the mysterious Mr. Jones.

    Young has been a part of the daytime community since 1997 when he first joined the cast of B&B. He has also played Lucky on GENERAL HOSPITAL and JR on ALL MY CHILDREN. He dropped to recurring status with B&B back in April in order to pursue outside projects like this film and his new music. With all of his other opportunities, hopefully this injury won’t keep him out of commission for too long! “All I wanted to do was be at home and sit back and put my feet up,” Young admitted. “Not like this!”

    Hopefully, the doctor will have some good news and it won’t be too bad. Get well soon!

    A First Look at GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard in His Exciting New Movie Role

    (7/11/18) (Video, Photos) New York and New Jersey get ready — GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) is heading your way! But this time around he’s not just in town for a couple of his rare personal appearances at fan events… he’s also filming a new movie! “The reason I’m going out is I got a movie that I’m going to be doing that week with Ice-T called Equal Standard,” the actor revealed in a Twitter video message. “Can’t wait to see you guys, I truly can’t.” Then he pointed at the scene from GH on the TV screen in the background of his shot and grinned. “Look what I’m watching. Oh boy… Max and Sonny. Yes!”

    Then on July 9, the Emmy-winning actor shared a shot of himself in costume side by side with the movie poster where he is featured prominently alongside the film’s other stars. “Always great to play different characters,” he confided. “In New York playing a police captain. Very cool and interesting script.”

    Equal Standard tells the powerful story of an off-duty New York City police detective who gets caught in an inner city brawl between undercover cops convinced he is a local street thug. The melee ends in a tragic death followed by an uproar within gangs and cops in neighboring communities and across the city. It is written by Taheim Bryan and directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane. In addition to Ice-T and Benard, the movie also stars Robert Clohessy, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Tobias Truvillion (Vincent).

    East Coast appearances were once extremely rare for Benard due to his crippling fear of flying. But having worked through that, the GH star can now make the occasional trip East to meet and greet his fans. He’ll be appearing at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ on the afternoon of Saturday, July 14, for a personal appearance, and then later that evening, fans can join the daytime star for an intimate gathering at a restaurant in Astoria, NY. For more information regarding these fan events and to get tickets for yourself, please visit CoastalEntertainment.com.

    As Benard is only just now filming Equal Standard, a release date is going to be quite some ways off, but as more information about the movie and how you can see it is announced, we’ll be sure to let you know!

    Dancing With The Stars winner JR Martinez weds Diana Gonzalez in Mexico after splitting briefly in 2014

    (7/3/18) (Photo) They split briefly in 2014 just three years after he came to fame as the winner of Dancing With The Stars.

    But over the weekend JR Martinez and his baby mama Diana Gonzalez-Jones proved they are not only back together, but ready to settle down for a lifetime as they made their union official by getting married in Tulum, Mexico.

    Also at the splashy beach nuptials was their daughter Lauryn Anabelle, aged five.

    The two have been dating for about a decade and became engaged in November 2017.

    Martinez, 34, an Iraq war vet, looked handsome in a light grey suit that was tailored perfectly. He added a pink tie and handkerchief with a rose in his pocket and went barefoot.

    But all eyes were on his lady love as she showed off her impressive curves in a low-cut white gown with a mermaid finish and plenty of lovely, feminine details on the fabric.

    There were crystals all along the neckline that went perfectly with her long diamond earrings and diamond bracelet.

    Her hair was worn down but pulled back on top. A long white veil flowed in the wind as she stood at the altar with her TV star love.

    And she had a pretty light pink manicure that went well with her overall look.

    In 2014, the sad news spread fast that he had broken up with the beauty.

    'J.R. called his team together on December 30 to discuss the breakup and how they planned to handle it with the media,' RadarOnline reported.

    'They didn’t talk about why the two broke up, but more how this would affect J.R.’s image.'

    'The shock breakup comes less than two years after the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Lauryn Anabelle Martinez, reported the site.

    One source close to the star told Radar, 'Gonzalez-Jones is taking primary care of their child in the wake of the split.'

    The beauty was often seen cheering on her boyfriend from the audience as he waltzed and tango'd with Karina Smirnoff on Dancing With The Stars, a show that won him a big fan following.

    'People change it's a part of life, but sometimes it's easier to hold on to the memories of who they were rather then to realize who they have become,' the actor wrote on Facebook.

    He also added, 'Our lifetime offers us unlimited opportunities for spiritual growth until the end, The Road Less Traveled. M. Scott Peck.'

    The Army corporal turned actor, who survived a 2003 Iraq bombing, has also appeared on the soap opera All My Children.

    The couple met in 2008 and two years later started dating.

    When he popped the question in 2017, he shared the news on social media. 'It wasn’t easy but we did it. Now we’re doing it. Who cares that our daughter was crying due to the fact that she fell right before and hurt her knee. We were basking in joy!'

    Dishing with Digest - Episode 14

    (6/30/18) (Listen / download) B&B star Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) about his four daytime roles, real-life fatherhood and more on the latest edition of Dishing With Digest.

    Maurice Benard Stars in an Exciting New Movie With Ice-T!

    (6/28/18) (Video, Poster) New York and New Jersey get ready — GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) is heading your way! But this time around he’s not just in town for a couple of his rare personal appearances at fan events… he’s also filming a new movie! “The reason I’m going out is I got a movie that I’m going to be doing that week with Ice-T called Equal Standard,” the actor revealed in a Twitter video message. “Can’t wait to see you guys, I truly can’t.” Then he pointed at the scene from GH on the TV screen in the background of his shot and grinned. “Look what I’m watching. Oh boy… Max and Sonny. Yes!”

    Equal Standard tells the powerful story of an off-duty New York City police detective who gets caught in an inner city brawl between undercover cops convinced he is a local street thug. The melee ends in a tragic death followed by an uproar within gangs and cops in neighboring communities and across the city. It is written by Taheim Bryan and directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane. In addition to Ice-T and Benard, the movie also stars Robert Clohessy, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Tobias Truvillion (Vincent). While the IMDb page doesn’t list Benard’s character, you can see him clearly in the movie poster along with the other stars of the film.

    East Coast appearances were once extremely rare for Benard due to his crippling fear of flying. But having worked through that, the GH star can now make the occasional trip East to meet and greet his fans. He’ll be appearing at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ on the afternoon of Saturday, July 14, for a personal appearance, and then later that evening, fans can join the daytime star for an intimate gathering at a restaurant in Astoria, NY. For more information regarding these fan events and to get tickets for yourself, please visit CoastalEntertainment.com.

    As Benard is only just now filming Equal Standard, a release date is going to be quite some ways off, but as more information about the movie and how you can see it is announced, we’ll be sure to let you know!

    Teen Choice Awards 2018

    (6/23/18) The 2018 Teen Choice Awards air Sunday, Aug. 12 on Fox.

    Choice TV Villain (#ChoiceTVVillain)
    Anna Hopkins – Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
    Cameron Monaghan – Gotham
    Gabrielle Anwar – Once Upon a Time
    Mark Consuelos – Riverdale
    Mind Flayer – Stranger Things
    Odette Annable – Supergirl

    'I ain't got a choice': Creed goes up against Drago in 'Creed II' trailer

    (6/20/18) (Video) Creed’s back in the ring and he’s about to take another swing.

    Thirty-three years after Rocky IV, Creed is going to square off against Drago … with a twist.

    In the new trailer for Creed II, Michael B. Jordan returns as Adonis Creed, but this time he’s taking on Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) — a.k.a. the Russian boxer who killed Creed’s father in the ring in Rocky IV (oh, and he’s basically the best Rocky villain in the series’ history).

    Written and directed by Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Creed reset the Rocky franchise in spectacular fashion when it hit theatres in 2015. Sylvester Stallone won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his comeback as the character and the film went on to gross over $170 million worldwide.

    In the sequel, written by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker and directed by Steven Caple Jr., Creed wants to “rewrite history” and avenge his dad’s death at the hands of the Siberian Express.

    But Rocky Balboa warns him: “You got everything to lose. This guy has got nothing to lose.”

    “I ain’t got a choice,” Creed replies.

    Set to Kendrick Lamar’s DNA, the trailer shows Creed training and getting life advice from Rocky, but in the final frame we get a glimpse of the fearsome new Drago, and then a thunderous punch connecting with Creed’s jaw. Ouch!

    Creed II will mark the eighth time Stallone is playing the Rocky character. The 1976 original won two Oscars for Best Picture and Director. Tessa Thompson returns as Creed’s love interest Bianca and Wood Harris and Phylicia Rashad (as Creed’s widow) also star.

    The Sun was on the set of the film in Philadelphia last month, so expect plenty of coverage before the film hits theatres on Nov. 21.

    Michael B. Jordan Goes Shirtless in Creed II First Look

    (6/19/18) (Poster) Michael B. Jordan is ready to get back in the ring in the first poster for Creed II.

    MGM and Warner Bros. released the first teaser for the upcoming movie sequel on Tuesday, which features a shirtless Jordan preparing for his next fight. Jordan returns as Adonis Creed in the film, set for release on Nov. 21.

    "Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life," the official synopsis for the movie reads. "Facing an opponent with ties to his family's past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what's worth fighting for, and discover that nothing's more important than family."

    Sylvester Stallone returns as Rocky Balboa in the movie, which also stars Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu, Andre Ward, Phylicia Rashad and Dolph Lundgren.

    Back in 2016, Jordan teased the Creed sequel during an exclusive interview with E! News. "The way those characters kind of left off and the way you want to see how they turned out—that new family between Adonis and Rocky formed with Bianca—you kind of want to see how that plays out," he shared at the time.

    Check out the movie poster above and be on the lookout for the first official trailer for Creed II, which drops June 20!

    MTV Movie & TV Awards: Michael B. Jordan Wins For Best Villain, Says He Thought “Roseanne Had It In The Bag”

    (6/18/18) (Video) Michael B. Jordan took the coveted bucket of golden popcorn at the MTV Movie & TV Awards for Best Villain for his role as the conflicted and vengeful Erik Killmonger. However, when he accepted the award, he didn’t think he deserved it.

    “I’m shocked that I won this award for best villain,” joked Jordan when he took the stage to accept the award. “I thought for sure Roseanne had that in the bag.”

    Jordan’s epic shade thrown at the disgraced actress was unexpected and had everyone gasping with delight. Of course, the jab was referencing the uproarious backlash that Roseanne Barr has faced since tweeting the racist remark about Valerie Jarrett. Her ABC show has since been canceled and her reputation has been on a downward spiral.

    In addition to dragging Barr, Jordan took the opportunity to address the crowd who are overzealous with the “Wakanda Forever” gesture from Black Panther. Memes with Chadwick Boseman looking less-than-excited about the gesture have been spreading around the Internet to which Jordan joked: “Chadwick Boseman personally asked me to ask y’all to stop asking him to say ‘Wakanda Forever’ out on the streets — y’all are taking the forever thing a little too seriously.”

    Watch the video above.

    Amanda Seyfried wants to have a big wedding after all

    (6/18/18) Amanda Seyfried is open to having a large wedding after quietly tying the knot with actor Thomas Sadoski last year.

    “I love the big wedding,” the actress said on an episode of The DEN Meditation’s new podcast, “DENtalks.”

    “I mean we’re married so we don’t need to actually get married again, but it’d be nice to have a ceremony. I love the idea of family and friends gathering around to celebrate your love. Beautiful. Amazing.”

    The actress, 32, explained that she married 41-year-old Sadoski — who had been married before — just weeks before giving birth to their child so that she would be able to call him her husband when the baby arrived. The couple welcomed their daughter in March 2017.

    “It was just for us, we were just, it was, there were two strangers there, this wonderful woman, and in Topanga Canyon and her husband who so sweet, so sweet,” she revealed. “He took pictures with my, with my camera and, and then Finn [her dog] and it was just magic because we were there for an hour and it was just as we were talking to each other. I mean there weren’t even, we didn’t even have vows. We just stared at each other and it was really emotional and cool and it was, it was exactly, it was exactly as it should have been.”

    Jennifer Bassey: "Give me my Daytime Emmy"

    (6/15/18) Jennifer Bassey (ex-Marian, ALL MY CHILDREN), who was next in line to receive the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama Emmy after Patrika Darbo’s (Mickey, THE BAY) win was revoked, has issued a statement about the controversy. “I would like to thank Patrika Darbo for setting the record straight,” said Bassey of the article that appeared on soapoperadigest.com. “As she noted, I was awarded the Daytime Emmy because Patrika was submitted in the wrong category — and then it was taken away by the Academy several days later due to my producer of ‘Anacostia’ unintentionally breaking the rules with my submission as well. However, Eric Nelsen’s [Daniel, THE BAY, who won for Supporting Actor in a Digital Drama] producers also unintentionally broke the rules with his submission, yet he gets to keep his Daytime Emmy and I don’t get to keep mine. Is this fair or gender bias? Either his Emmy should also be revoked or I should receive mine. So, #TimesUp, Academy. Give me my Daytime Emmy.”

    WGN America Picks Up ‘Gone’ With Chris Noth & Leven Rambin

    (6/13/18) WGN America is adding to its Prime Crime slate with the acquisition of two original series in the detective procedural genre — the comedic Carter, starring Jerry O’Connell (Billions), Sydney Poitier Heartsong (Chicago P.D.) and Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black), which will premiere August 7, and crime drama Gone, starring Chris Noth (The Good Wife), Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games) and Danny Pino (CSI: Miami), for debut in early 2019.

    Carter and Gone are part of WGN America’s new programming strategy of cost-effective originals launched a year ago that involves acquisitions of already produced series, virtually all in the crime arena. The two new pickups represent a new element in the tactic. While all previous acquisitions have been foreign series — 2017 Canadian detective drama Bellevue starring Anna Paquin, 2015 Swedish-American thriller 100 Code, 2016 Canadian police series Shoot the Messenger and the 2017 Canadian drama Pure — Carter and Gone, while having international pedigree, both originated in the US.

    Carter was commissioned by Sony Pictures Television Networks and is distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television. Gone is from NBCUniversal International Studios and is the first series to come from the company’s partnership with Germany’s RTL and France’s TF1 to produce U.S.-style procedural dramas for the global market.

    The 10-episode Carter was created by Garry Campbell (MADtv), who developed it alongside writer John Tinker (Chicago Hope). It revolves around Harley Mackay (O’Connell), an actor playing a detective on a hit television show until he is forced to retreat to his sleepy hometown after an embarrassing public meltdown in Hollywood. Now that he’s back, he taps into his acting experience to become a real-life detective, partnering with his two best friends, Sam Shaw (Heartstrong) and Dave Leigh (Bruun).

    Carter is produced by Amaze Film + Television and executive produced by the company’s Teza Lawrence and Michael Souther (The Stanley Dynamic). Scott Smith (The Magicians) directed the pilot.

    Created by Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) based on Chelsea Cain’s novel One Kick, Gone follows the story of Kit “Kick” Lannigan (Rambin), survivor of a highly publicized child-abduction case, and Frank Novak (Noth), the FBI agent who rescued her. Determined never to fall victim again, Kick trains herself in martial arts and the use of firearms. She finds her calling when Novak persuades her to join a special task force he created dedicated to solving abductions and missing persons cases. Paired with former Army intelligence officer John Bishop (Pino), Kick brings her unique understanding of a predator’s mind to the team.

    Lopez executive produces with NBCU International Studios’ former EVP of Scripted Programming JoAnn Alfano, former Dexter executive producer Sara Colleton, Kim Moses and Barry O’Brien.

    “Carter and Gone are very exciting additions to WGN America’s superb Prime Crime lineup,” said Gavin Harvey, president of WGN America. “Both shows bring stellar casts and appealing stories to powerfully complement the network’s multi-faceted mix of hit procedurals, dramas and comedies.”

    Josh Duhamel Steps Out With Eiza González After Rumors: Inside Their Date Night

    (6/13/18) (Photo) Josh Duhamel and Baby Driver actress Eiza González were recently photographed together for the first time, on what appeared to be a dinner date, following months of romance rumors.

    The two had first sparked speculating they were dating in February, about five months after the actor and Fergie announced they had split after eight years of marriage. Duhamel, 45, and González, 28, have not commented on the nature of their relationship.

    They were photographed outside the Japanese restaurant Matsuhisa Beverly Hills on Friday. González wore a red pantsuit with a black top. An eyewitness told E! News exclusively that the two had dinner there and then left in Duhamel's truck.

    "Josh was trying his best to stay under the radar, but Eiza had her hand on his waist and a big smile on her face," the eyewitness said.

    On Saturday morning, the two went out for breakfast, the eyewitness said, adding, "Josh was wearing the same clothes that he wore to dinner the night before. They sat across from each other and talked intimately. They both wore baseball caps and were leaning across the table talking. Josh paid for breakfast and they left again in his truck."

    Maurice Benard Urges Those Suffering With Mental Health Issues to "Ask for Help"

    (6/10/18) (Video) Following the tragic deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, social media has been flooded with posts on the issue of mental health. And after retweeting and responding to an outpouring of messages from fans regarding their own experiences, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) has shared his own heartfelt message on the subject for anyone who is suffering or needs help.

    “I’d like to say a few words about the recent deaths,” Benard expressed backstage at the GH studio. “I don’t know if I can put it as eloquently as my daughter Cailey did, but I know as far as mental illness, bipolar, anxiety, depression… sometimes the pain can be unbearable. But it’s never too unbearable to ask for help. I think that’s the most important thing. There are organizations… go to your friends, your wife, your husband, your loved ones and just say, ‘I need help.’”

    Benard lives with bipolar and has brought the mental health issue to light on GH where his character of Sonny Corinthos as well as on-screen son, Morgan, were diagnosed with the disorder. The actor also speaks out about mental health issues whenever he has the opportunity, both online and at speaking engagements around the country. “Over 20 years ago, I made a decision to speak,” he confided on Twitter, “and every time I do, I know I can never stop. I will never stop speaking on the subject.”

    And with mental health issues in the forefront of peoples’ minds now more than ever, Benard will be able to use his celebrity to help bring even more awareness to the difficult subject.

    If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

    Jennifer Bassey Married Actor George Bamford — Get the Romantic Details!

    (6/10/18) (Photo) Congratulations are in order for ALL MY CHILDREN actress Jennifer Bassey (Marian), who recently married fellow actor, LAW & ORDER alum George Bamford! The couple announced their engagement in November of 2016 and tied the knot on April 19, 2018. "They say it's never too late to love and be loved," Bassey tweeted. "I believe it!"

    The couple tied the knot in a simple ceremony at the City Clerk’s office in New York City. “We filled out the paperwork and went into a room and we were married,” Bassey told People. “After the ceremony, which was very short, I asked the officiant who married us what his name was. He said, ‘Angel.’ George turned to me and said, ‘We just got married by an angel.'" The couple then went to Little Italy for their first meal as man and wife.

    After Bassey’s husband of 30 years, Luther Davis, died in 2008, she took a grief recovery course and was inspired to help others deal with their own grief. One of the people she helped was Bamford, who was suffering after losing his wife of 50 years to cancer. One thing led to another and the pair fell in love!

    “Two and a half years later, here we are,” Bassey mused. “I never dreamed when I met George it would turn into this. From the first minute we met, it was very comfortable.”

    “She’s very giving and has a good heart,” Bamford said. “I sensed right away that she’s the kind of person who knows how to fall in love and has been in love, as I had. And once you’re in love and you’ve felt love, you miss it. And you long for it again and try to replicate it.”

    Such a beautiful and inspirational story — Our best wishes to the happy couple for a lifetime of happiness together!

    B&B’s Brown Advances In Congressional Race

    (6/7/18) Kimberlin Brown (Sheila, B&B) will advance to the next step of her congressional run, according to The Desert Sun. Based on preliminary returns, U.S. House member Raul Ruiz and challenging Republican Kimberlin Brown Pelzer are poised to advance to November’s midterm elections, where they will go head to head in the race to represent California’s 36th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ruiz garnered nearly 55 percent of the vote, as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, with all precincts reporting. Brown Pelzer got nearly 23 percent, coming in far above other Republicans, who each earned between 4 percent and 8 percent of the vote.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (6/7/18) WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN - Bravo

    Thursday, June 14 – MATT BOMER and ANDREW RANNELLS Show 15098

    Eden Riegel Opens up About Her New Kid-Friendly Career

    (6/6/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As hard as it may be for those of us who remember ALL MY CHILDREN’s Bianca Montgomery as a shy teenager coming to terms with her sexual identity, her longtime portrayer, Eden Riegel, is all grown up now. What’s more, these days the married mother of two — sons Jack, 7, and Henry, 4 — is working on animated projects that even her kids can enjoy. “I have a youthful voice, so I tend to play young, brave princesses and roles like Kira on THE LION GUARD,” the actress, who’ll always be beloved by AMC fans for her run as the daughter of Erica Kane and Jackson Montgomery, told Soaps In Depth. “I also do a lot of video games.”

    Recently, Riegel took that career to the next level when she began voice-directing cartoons. “I work a lot for Disney, but my shows are not yet on the air,” she confided. “I’ve basically worked for ABC/Disney my entire career. I feel so at home there.” The job entails attending recording sessions and bringing all of the characters to life. “I love being a part of the process,” she shared. “I can use all of my own experiences on the other side to help the actors give the best performance they can.”

    That’s not to say that Riegel has given up her other career in front of the camera; rather, she’s just honed her focus. “When I was doing the soap, Bianca went through so many life-changing, horrific experiences, and I had to really channel all that pain, hurt, regret, loss and grief,” she reflected. “Because I have kids now and the stakes are so much higher in my personal life, I really like making people laugh.”

    To that end, she appeared this season on NBC’s new sitcom, A.P. BIO, and she can also be seen — along with DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ ex-Nick, Blake Berris — in the recent Amazon Video release Living Room Coffin. In it, a delivery sends her alter ego on a most unusual journey. “I play the woman who had ordered the coffin for her late husband,” Riegel explained. “We have a pretty funny scene where I’m in hysterical tears the whole time. She’s trying to get to the bottom of the mystery, and I’m incredibly offend-ed because I’m grieving.”

    Riegel is enjoying the place she’s at in her career and says that she definitely owes a lot to her AMC mom, Susan Lucci (Erica). “In all her 41 years of playing that role, she gave it her all every single day that she showed up for work,” Riegel reflected, clearly inspired. “That’s something that I try to do.”

    Michael B. Jordan only wanted to audition for parts meant for white men

    (6/6/18) During their interview for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” presented by Shutterstock, “Fahrenheit 451” star Michael B. Jordan told “Insecure’s” Issa Rae that after he finished working on “Fruitvale Station,” he told his agents that he didn’t want to audition for roles written for African-Americans.

    “I said, ‘I don’t want it.’ I want to only go for, like, [roles written for] white males. That’s it,” he said. “Me playing that role is going to make it what it is. I don’t want any pre-bias on the character.”

    Rae also opened up about the positive change that seems to be overtaking Hollywood’s perception of what a leading actress looks like following the success of movies like “Black Panther.” She that said early on in her career, her agents would send roles to her that Rae doubted she’d be able to land because of her race.

    “If it were a leading woman of a certain type, I just knew the type that they would go for, so I’m just not going to even bother,” Rae said. “People have been receptive. Even just the confidence that a movie like [“Black Panther”] and other films by other filmmakers of color that have come out have really just changed what people perceive as a leading lady, as the beautiful person, the daring or the bold action-adventure type. That just feels so dope to me.”

    The Emmy Award-winning series will air in two episodes on PBS SoCal KOCE, the first on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. and the second on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. Both episodes will stream on pbssocal.org following their premieres.

    SECOND ROUND OF ARTISTS ANNOUNCED TO APPEAR ON “THE 72nd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS,” SUNDAY, JUNE 10 ON CBS

    (6/5/18) A second round of artists have been added to appear on THE 72nd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS®, live from the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sunday, June 10 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The star-studded lineup includes Christine Baranski, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Melissa Benoist, Erich Bergen, Rachel Bloom, Rachel Brosnahan, Tituss Burgess, Jeff Daniels, Robert De Niro, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tina Fey, Christopher Jackson, Billy Joel, John Leguizamo, Patti LuPone, Katharine McPhee, Matthew Morrison, Kelli O’Hara, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Amy Schumer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ming-Na Wen, Kerry Washington and Marissa Jaret Winokur.

    Tony Award nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will host the show for the first time. As previously announced, Uzo Aduba, Matt Bomer, Claire Danes, Armie Hammer, Tatiana Maslany, Leslie Odom Jr., Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells will also take part in Broadway’s biggest night.

    This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the Tony Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.

    Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Weiss will also serve as director for the 19th consecutive year.

    Susan Lucci Adds Voice To WRECK-IT RALPH 2

    (6/4/18) Walt Disney Animation Studios has officially announced that the new theatrical trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be released online tomorrow. While it's uncertain what footage they'll show off, it seems more likely than not that they'll debut at least part of the hilarious Disney Princesses sequence, which was received extremely well at both the D23 Expo last year and during CinemaCon this past April.

    John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman will reprise their roles as Ralph and Vanellope, respectively, from the original 2012 hit and will be joined by a voice cast that also features Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Tudyk, James Corden, Ana Ortiz, and Susan Lucci.

    Jacob Young's Whiskey Kiss

    (6/1/18) @Jacob_W_Young .Tonight Whiskey Kiss is available!! Everywhere!! Check it out!!!#applemusic #itunes #Spotify #amazon #googleplay

    James Read Joins General Hospital

    (6/1/18) Days of Our Lives alum James Read will make his General Hospital debut as Gregory Chase, the father of Michael Easton’s Finn and Josh Swickard’s Chase, on June 6, Soap Opera Digest reports.

    FIRST ROUND OF PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR “THE 72nd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS®,” SUNDAY, JUNE 10 ON CBS

    (5/30/18) Some of the biggest stars from stage, television, film and music will present at THE 72nd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS®, live from the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sunday, June 10 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Set to appear are Uzo Aduba, Matt Bomer, Claire Danes, Armie Hammer, Tatiana Maslany, Leslie Odom Jr., Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells.

    As previously announced, Tony Award nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will host the show for the first time.

    This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the Tony Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.

    Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Weiss will also serve as director for the 19th consecutive year.

    Winsor Harmon Arrested Again for Drunk in Public

    (5/27/18) (tmz.com) Winsor Harmon's gotta learn how to booze and head the hell home -- the soap star got arrested again for being drunk in public ... TMZ has learned.

    Law enforcement sources tell us the ex-'Bold and the Beautiful' stud was busted earlier this month after cops were called to check on a man sleeping in his car in a burb of the San Fernando Valley. Upon arrival, we're told cops discovered Winsor sleeping in his SUV.

    Sources say Winsor was passed out in the back seat, and that beer cans were all over the floorboard. One of the SUV's tires was also flat, apparently. Winsor eventually woke up, and appeared disoriented and inebriated after exiting the vehicle, according to police.

    Cops determined he was too drunk to care for himself, so they cuffed him and took him to jail. He was eventually released and issued a citation.

    Not much different from a few months ago when Winsor was initially arrested for drunk in public -- except this time there didn't appear to be any alleged public peeing. Dun-dun!

    Soap Vets Produce New Series

    (5/25/18) ALL MY CHILDREN vets and real-life couple Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) are producing IT HAPPENED LIVE, a new docu-series about memorable live television flubs. Each episode will look at infamous moments that happened live on TV, including the 2017 Best Picture Oscars mix-up and Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl.

    The Chew Cancelled After 7 Seasons, GMA to Expand to Third Hour

    (5/23/18) ABC has had its fill of The Chew: The network announced Wednesday that its daytime lifestyle series will end after its current seventh season, to be replaced by a third hour of Good Morning America.

    “For seven years, The Chew has delighted audiences by delivering innovative food segments in an entertaining atmosphere,” Ben Sherwood, president of Disney-ABC Television Group, said in a statement. “We applaud and thank Gordon Elliott, Aimee Householder, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and the entire cast and crew for their great work and amazing run. And we wish them the very best.”

    New episodes of The Chew will air as planned through September, at which point Good Morning America will kick off its third hour at 1 pm ET each day.

    Sherwood continued: “Over the past six years, Good Morning America has solidified its place as America’s No. 1 morning show. We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour. While this is the right decision for our business, it is also bittersweet.”

    Anchors for GMA‘s third hour will be announced at a later date.

    The Chew‘s cancellation comes five months after co-host Mario Batali was fired following allegations of sexual misconduct. Though ABC said it was “unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior” during Batali’s time on The Chew, the network ultimately severed ties with the chef, adding that “we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behavior violates our standards of conduct.”

    Michael B. Jordan, Gina Rodriguez slated to present at MTV Movie & TV Awards

    (5/23/18) Presenters for the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards include “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan, Seth Rogen, Kristen Bell, Zendaya, Gina Rodriguez and Common, the network announced Wednesday. The ceremony, hosted by Tiffany Haddish, is scheduled to be held on June 18 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

    In addition, the show will feature musical performances from Mustard and Nick Jonas, whose just-released single “Anywhere” will be performed in its entirety for the first time (as opposed to their appearance on the “American Idol” finale in May 21, which saw an abridged version of the song). The video for “Anywhere” premiered on MTV on Tuesday. Newcomer duo Chloe x Halle are also set to perform.

    The awards show began including TV nominees last year and also replaced the best actor and best actress categories with non-gendered distinctions — best actor in a movie and best actor in a show — along with longtime fan favorite categories like best kiss, best hero and best villain.

    Executive producers for the 2018 edition of the MTV Movie & TV Awards include Joel Gallen/Tenth Planet Productions with MTV’s Amy Doyle, Garrett English and Wendy Plaut and Rick Austin. Vanessa Whitewolf serves as co-EP. Melanie Block is executive in charge of production. Amani Duncan is executive in charge of music.

    Jacob Young Stars In Two New Films

    (5/23/18) Jacob Young (Rick, B&B) is keeping busy. The soap vet will star in the upcoming Lifetime movie DEADLY DESERT VACATION, which also stars Young’s ALL MY CHILDREN co-star Alexa Havins (ex-Babe). Young will also play the lead role in the upcoming film Faithfully.

    ‘Black Panther’s’ Michael B. Jordan To Star In Rooster Teeth Animated Series ‘gen:LOCK’

    (5/22/18) Michael B. Jordan, who portrayed the tortured villain Erik Killmonger in Black Panther and will reprise the title role in Creed II, will join Rooster Teeth’s animated series gen:LOCK to voice the main character, Julian Chase.

    The actor, whose star has been on the rise since his critically acclaimed performance in NBC’s Friday Night Lights and the indie breakout Fruitvale Station, will lend his considerable talent — though, alas, not his arresting physique — to the sci-fi series.

    “We are excited beyond belief to announce Michael B. Jordan as the voice of Julian Chase in gen:LOCK,” said Gray G. Haddock, gen:LOCK creator and head of Rooster Teeth Animation, who noted that Jordan’s “love of anime” that drew him to the project.

    In gen:LOCK, Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war, and recruits a diverse team of young pilots to control the next generation of mecha-giant, weaponized robot bodies. As Chase leaves behind his life as a fighter pilot to become the first candidate for the program, he finds his endurance, as well as his very identity, will be tested.

    The series will premiere exclusively on Rooster Teeth’s streaming service, which launched in 2016 and has attracted 250,000 subscribers with original content geared for a niche gamer audience. Jordan will easily be the most recognizable performer on the Rooster Teeth talent roster.

    Outlier Productions, Jordan’s production company, will co-produce the series along with Rooster Teeth.

    Rooster Teeth got its start producing Red vs. Blue, an online series that used video game characters as digital puppets in an original story. The machinima production is the longest running web series of all time. The company was founded in 2003, and is now a subsidiary of Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group.

    Soap Faves In New Film

    (5/18/18) LANY Entertainment has acquired the star-studded psychological thriller JACK RIO from the independent motion picture company, Gruntworks Entertainment. The thriller is now available for the first time ever on Amazon Prime Video. Written and directed by THE BAY’s creator, Gregori J. Martin, JACK RIO tells the story of a famous actor named Tommy Jamison, played by Matt Borlenghi (ex-Brian, ALL MY CHILDREN et al), who tries to escape his on-screen persona, the TV character that made him famous. A string of murders seem to follow in his wake begging the question, is this the work of an obsessed fan — or something worse? The film also features Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS), Brian Krause (ex-Matt, ANOTHER WORLD) and Tristan Rogers (Scorpio, GH; Lex, THE BAY).

    AMC Faves Reunite For New Film

    (5/4/18) Jacob Young (Rick, B&B) is working on location in New Mexico on a new film project — and he shared on social media that one of his co-stars is none other than Alexa Havins, his on-screen wife in his ALL MY CHILDREN days (he played JR, she played Babe). “Guess who I’m working with on this movie!?? #reunion #babeandjr#newmexico #alexahavins,” he enthused on Instagram. Havins went on to marry Young’s AMC stepbrother, Justin Bruening (ex-Jamie) and they now have three children.

    Jacob Young Reveals What's Next After THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL

    (5/4/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) After almost 10 years playing Rick Forrester on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, Jacob Young has decided to strike out and explore new career opportunities. However, while he’s no longer on contract with the soap, Young remains available to appear on B&B on a recurring basis, so this shouldn’t be the last fans see of Rick. “I’m pursuing wholeheartedly my other passions,” he told Variety, “but I’m still around.”

    Young has already begun releasing new music with the intention of producing an EP down the line, and has already landed a role in a new film, though he’s been careful not to reveal too much about it. “I am shooting a film currently right now in Albuquerque, and I feel that this is the first step of many steps in the right direction,” he revealed. “We’ve been hard at work as a team pushing to get these projects going, and as you know, work breeds more work, and right now I’ve taken those initial steps to continue doing so.”

    As an actor, Young is looking forward to really delving into a character and exploring all the layers, something that’s not always possible with the hectic pace of daytime. “Anybody who has an opportunity in TV, that’s fantastic, and we’re always grateful, but when it becomes a job, it starts to lose that pizzazz,” he confessed, “and it was really starting to become a job and it was starting to break my heart inside.”

    Another project Young is currently developing is about the legendary comedian Jerry Lewis. “I was dear friends with Jerry right up until the very end,” he explained, “and this is a project that we have a lot of interest from major A-list comedians that may want to [take on] this role. So yes, producing, developing, that’s the next step.”

    Having been in daytime for decades with roles on B&B, GENERAL HOSPITAL (as Lucky Spencer), and ALL MY CHILDREN (as JR Chandler), Young is eager to see what else is out there for him. “There’s just so much great content that’s out there right now through the streaming media outlets,” he admitted, “there’s a lot more risks that are being taken with the kinds of shows that are out there, so I’m open in general to exploring multiple possibilities. It’s not just two or three different roles. There’s just so much material out there!”

    Y&R Vet Moves to GH

    (5/4/18) Elizabeth Hendrickson — who played The Young and the Restless‘ Chloe Mitchell and All My Children twins Frankie and Maggie Stone — has joined General Hospital in a new, undisclosed role, Soap Opera Digest reports.

    Soap Stars Unite For New Film

    (5/4/18) Nightmare Cinema, featuring Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Eric Nelsen (Daniel, THE BAY; ex-AJ, ALL MY CHILDREN, who just picked up the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Digital Drama) and Mickey Rourke, will premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, which takes place from July 12 to August 1. When Digest spoke to Benard during filming, he enthused, “I can’t wait for everyone to see this one. It’s great!” For information on the festival, click here.

    Michael B. Jordan Meets Up With Fan Who Slid Into His DMs

    (5/4/18) Sylvia Wilson is inspiring social media users everywhere after meeting up with Michael B. Jordan.

    Earlier this week, Wilson, a 21-year-old Temple University student, decided to slide into the actor's DMs after hearing he was on campus filming Creed II. The best part? He responded and met up with Wilson and her friends!

    Wilson posted photos with the actor on Twitter on May 1, writing to her social media followers, "so I slid in his DM's, and then this happened." The tweet has since gone viral and Wilson is telling E! News all about their meeting.

    The college student tells us that after her athletic advisor informed her that Jordan was on campus, she decided to DM him to see if she could get him a smoothie in exchange for a picture.

    After sending the message, Jordan didn't respond right away, but then "my notifications went off and that's when I saw the DM," Wilson tells us.

    "I was like, 'Oh my goodness!' And just started freaking out," Wilson shares. "He was really nice about everything! He was like, 'Hey you don't have to get me a smoothie just come and take pictures.' But my friends were going to take pictures as well and he was like, 'You guys can all come together as a group.'"

    Wilson continues, "Then we worked out details to come. He made sure that security would let him know that we were there. He was really nice about it all, we went in and he gave us all hugs and he took pictures with each and every one of us. And then there was a group of people who saw us taking pictures with him and he didn't really want a crowd so he quickly got out of there, and I'm not sure if he took pictures with the other people but we just left."

    What made her think to offer a smoothie to the actor?

    "It was really hot outside and because I was doing my physical therapy and I figured he was training, I was like it's probably not right to ask him out for drinks or something like that," Wilson explains. "I was like I'll just see if he wanted a smoothie because I really wanted a smoothie. So I'm like, while I'm getting one for myself I may as well just see if he wants one."

    And the rest is history!

    Susan Lucci Loved Reuniting With Former ALL MY CHILDREN Castmate Francesca James

    (5/3/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) It was a mini ALL MY CHILDREN reunion when Susan Lucci caught up with former co-star Francesa James! “So great to meet the incredibly talented Francesca James for lunch today at Freds at Barneys,” she shared on Instagram. “Loved to hear about all she’s doing with her Transport Theater Company — Tennessee Williams’ ‘Summer and Smoke!’ Can’t wait to see it!”

    Lucci is legendary for her decades of playing Erica Kane on the much-missed daytime soap, and James actually played both Kitty Shea as well as her twin sister, Kelly Cole. (After she left the soap, Kitty was killed off, so AMC creator Agnes Nixon created a new character for her to play.) And when AMC returned for its short-lived online reboot in 2013, she played a third character, Evelyn Johnson!

    When James left AMC the second time in 1980, she pursued a career behind the scenes, directing at AMC and LOVING. After moving to Los Angeles, she became a producer, working on GENERAL HOSPITAL, SANTA BARBARA, and DAYS OF OUR LIVES. In the ‘90s, James returned to New York where she joined the production team of AMC. She is now on the board of directors for the Transport Group Theater Company

    Lucci and James crossed paths multiple times over the years in different roles, so it’s great to see them back together again! Keep scrolling down to take a look at some vintage pics from the AMC archives below of their past adventures in daytime!

    Netflix Wins ‘Failsafe;’ Teams Michael B. Jordan & ‘Black Panther’ Co-Writer Joe Robert Cole

    (5/1/18) Netflix prevailed to win an auction for Failsafe, a Vault Comics title that will be scripted by Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole as a producing and potential starring vehicle for Michael B. Jordan. Jordan and Alana Mayo will produce through their Outlier Society Productions banner along with Vault Comics’ F.J. Desanto.

    The project was pitched on the heels of the Black Panther’s record-breaking theatrical run, and numerous suitors emerged for a re-team between Cole, who wrote that script with director Ryan Coogler, and Jordan, who turned in a powerhouse performance as Killmonger. Sources put the deal in the seven figure range. Jordan, currently reprising in Creed 2 and who will be at Cannes when Fahrenheit 451 plays there, has set up numerous projects through his company. In high demand, he’ll decide whether or not to star when the script comes in. The subject matter certainly fits his wheelhouse.

    The protagonist is John Ravane, a legendary insurgent hunter who thought he had executed the last nanotech-enhanced super soldier, in a personal battle that included the kidnap of his daughter. A decade later, it becomes clear that sleeper agents scattered around the country are activating, in an attempt to take over New York, and the government leader who pressed him into duty last time has been exposed as corrupt. The comic is written by Desanto and Todd Farmer.

    WME and Bloom Hergott rep Jordan and Mayo; CAA, Circle of Confusion and Jackoway Tyerman rep Cole, and Industry Entertainment and Weintraub Tobin rep Vault and Desanto.

    Justin Bruening on Grey's (5/17/18)

    (5/1/18) “All of Me” – Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. They seek comfort from one another, and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white, on the season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, MAY 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Guest starring are Debbie Allen as Catherine Avery, Justin Bruening as Matthew Taylor, Stefania Spampinato as Carina Deluca, Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt, Alex Blue Davis as Casey Parker, Rushi Kota as Vik Roy, Sophia Ali Taylor as Dahlia Qadri and Jaicy Elliot as Taryn Helm.

    “All of Me” was written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Debbie Allen.

    Frankie Faison Joine Grudge

    (5/1/18) Sony is firming up the cast for its Grudge remake with the addition of two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Betty Gilpin, star of the Netflix series GLOW, William Sadler, and Frankie Faison. The group joins previously announced cast Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, John Cho and Lin Shaye as filming is scheduled to start in May.

    Nicolas Pesce is attached to helm the piece, a reimagining to 2004 version (based on the 2002 Japanese original Ju-on) that starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as a nurse in Tokyo who is afflicted by a curse that created uncontrollable homicidal rage.

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has the worldwide distribution rights while Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce for Ghost House with Romel Adam overseeing production for the company. Executive producers Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman alongside Schuyler Weiss, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, John Middleton, and Andrew Pfeffer. Also overseeing the project is Brady Fujikawa from Good Universe.

    Weaver plays Melissa McCarthy’s mother in the soon-to-be-released film Life of the Party and will appear in Steve McQueen’s New Regency thriller Widows opposite Viola Davis as well as the Netflix pic, Bird Box alongside Sandra Bullock. Gilpin, who returns for the second season of the female wrestler series GLOW, will also be seen in New Line’s Isn’t It Romantic, out in February 2019.

    Faison is known for his roles as Sugar Bates on Cinemax’s Banshee and Commissioner Ervin Burrell on The Wire. Sadler credits include Power (Starz), Our Cartoon President (Showtime) the upcoming Bill & Ted Face the Music film.

    Weaver is repped by ICM, Elevate Entertainment, and Felker, Toczek, Suddleson, Abramson; Gilpin by ICM, Anonymous Content, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman; Faison by Vanguard Management Group; Sadler by INSURGE.

    Eva Green, Ed Skrein, Kathy Bates To Star In Sci-Fi Thriller ‘A Patriot’

    (4/29/18) Eva Green, Kathy Bates and Ed Skrein are attached to star in sci-fi thriller A Patriot, which Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange will launch world sales on in Cannes. Currently in pre-production, the movie’s screenplay comes from Dan Pringle (K-Shop) and Toby Rushton (Monsters) with Pringle also attached to direct. Project is being produced by Adam Merrifield (K-Shop) from White Lantern Film and John Giwa-Amu (The Machine) from Red & Black Films with Angus Finney (The Mother) executive producing.

    The script takes place in a future authoritarian state that has walled itself away from a world ravaged by climate chaos and resource wars. The story follows the unquestioning Border Corp Captain Kate Jones (Green) as she fights to defend the purity of the population, until a chance discovery makes her doubt the authorities she has pledge her allegiance and life to protect.

    The Exchange’s Cannes lineup includes Aja Naomi King’s A Girl From Mogadishu, Ethan Hawke’s Blaze and Jeremiah Zagar’s We The Animals.

    Sin City and Penny Dreadful star Green is represented by Tavistock Wood Management and UTA, Oscar-winner Bates by ICM and Deadpool star Skrein by 42, CAA and Bloom, Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.

    45th Annual Daytime Creative Emmy Red Carpet Show

    (4/27/18) 45th Annual Daytime Creative Emmy Red Carpet Show: Video.

    Robert Scott Wilson Back To DAYS

    (4/27/18) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale tomorrow, Robert Scott Wilson confirms that he is back on contract as DAYS’s Ben. “I’m really grateful,” the actor tells Digest exclusively. “There is still so much with Ben; he’s so layered and such a fun character to play. I just like jumping back into him. I love what Ron [Carlivati, head writer] and the whole team has been doing with him thus far, so I’m really excited to see where they take him after this.” For the full story, pick up a copy of the new issue, on sale tomorrow.

    Justin Bruening on Grey's (5/10/18)

    (4/24/18) “Cold as Ice” – One of Grey Sloan Memorial’s own is seriously injured, making the team reflect on what is truly important to them. Meanwhile, Nicole Herman pays a visit to Grey Sloan and talks to Arizona about an exciting opportunity, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, MAY 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    Guest starring are Geena Davis as Nicole Herman, Justin Bruening as Matthew Taylor, Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt, Alex Blue Davis as Casey Parker, Rushi Kota as Vik Roy, Sophia Ali Taylor as Dahlia Qadri and Jaicy Elliot as Taryn Helm.

    “Cold as Ice” was written by Bill Harper and directed by Bill D’Elia.

    Michael B. Jordan’s mom couldn’t handle him dying all the time

    (4/20/18) Michael B. Jordan‘s mom just wants to see him survive.

    Jordan, 31, first entered households as young Wallace on HBO’s hit series “The Wire” when he was just 15, but his character was killed off in the first season, much to the chagrin of his fans and his mother—and not because he was out of a job.

    “It started with my mom, who’s super-emotional. When I shot my death scene in ‘The Wire,’ she was on set,” Jordan recalled to the New York Times. “And the P.A.’s kept coming to me and saying: ‘You may want to check on your mom.’ I go see her, and she’s sitting there bawling. I’m just a kid. I’m going, ‘Come on, Ma. You’re embarrassing me.'”

    Jordan’s on-screen death proved to be too much for his mother to handle, but unfortunately, it wasn’t the only one of his career.

    “And after ‘Fruitvale Station,’ I was like, ‘Man, this is really affecting her,'” he shared.

    So, he started taking roles where he didn’t die. Jordan starred in “Creed,” “Fantastic Four” and “That Awkward Moment,” all roles where he’d remain alive when the end credits rolled; however, he had another reason for choosing roles where his character survived.

    “Look at Denzel [Washington]’s career,” he said. “I want people to see me win. I want audiences to see me ending up on top — not dying. I want to be the leading man.”

    Susan Lucci, 71, Has No Plans to Retire: "That Is Not a Word in My Vocabulary!"

    (4/18/18) (closerweekly.com) She has no plans to slow down! Susan Lucci recently sat down with Closer Weekly for an exclusive interview — and revealed whether or not she plans on retiring in the near future.

    The 71-year-old laughed at the question. "That is not a word in my vocabulary or my radar!" Susan gushed, adding that she's currently busy working on the launch of new workout line with QVC as well as Celebrity Autobiography, to name a few of her projects.

    The All My Children star shared that she doesn't even want to slow down at this point in her career. "I love what I do! I feel very lucky and grateful to get to do what I do," she added.

    Susan is most known for playing Erica Kane on All My Children from 1970 until 2011. And even though she held the role for 40 years, she admitted she'd be open to possibly doing a reboot of the hit soap opera one day. "I would be open to reconsidering!" the proud grandma told Closer.

    And that's not the only experience Susan would be happy to try out again. She also shared that she'd be interested in doing another season of Dancing With the Stars. "You know, I would do it again. It was a spectacular experience. I'm so happy I did it," Susan, who was partnered with Tony Dovolani in 2008, exclusively revealed.

    However, next time she'd want to do it when she's not as busy as she was a decade ago. "I was working in NY while I was doing DWTS in LA, so twice a week we were flying back and forth, and I was working on All My Children," she said. "So next time, if I ever did it again, it would be my only project!" We can't wait to see what's next for Susan!

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    Amanda Seyfried Joins Milo Ventimiglia In ‘The Art of Racing In The Rain’ For Fox 2000

    (4/17/18) Amanda Seyfried is set to co-star as Milo Ventimiglia’s wife Eve in Fox 2000’s film adaptation of The Art of Racing In The Rain, directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn, Woman in Gold, Goodbye Christopher Robin).

    Based on Garth Stein’s 2008 bestselling novel which is about Enzo, a family dog who evaluates his life through the lessons learned by his human owner Denny Swift (Ventimiglia), a professional race-car driver.

    Martin Donovan has also been tapped to play Maxwell, Denny’s father.

    Neal Moritz, Patrick Dempsey, and Tania Landau are producing the project.

    Seyfried will next be seen in A24’s First Reformed with Ethan Hawke, which will be released in June, and is reprising her role as Sophie in Universal’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again sequel pic, out July 20.

    She’s repped by Innovative and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein and Selz.

    Eva Marcille and Michael Sterling welcome first child

    (4/15/18) It’s a boy!

    Eva Marcille and fiancé Michael Sterling welcomed a new bundle of joy on Friday.

    The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, 33, shared the details on Instagram noting their baby arrived at 5:59 p.m. He came in weighing 7 lbs. 3 oz.

    No name was immediately given.

    The couple announced their pregnancy news back in November. It’s their first child together.

    Marcille has an older daughter, Marley Rae, from a previous relationship.

    While Marcille is settling into her new role as mom of two, Sterling couldn’t get enough of the NBA playoffs.

    The “America’s Next Top Model” alumna snaped a photo of Sterling glued to the TV screen from the hospital room.

    “New parents, old habits watching the NBA playoffs while the Young Prince sleeps,” Marcille quipped.

    Susan Lucci, 71, Is Launching Her Own Line of Figure-Flattering Activewear with QVC

    (4/15/18) Many know Susan Lucci as the iconic, Emmy-winning All My Children soap star, but what you may not know that in the Pilates world, she’s somewhat of a legend. She’s been doing Pilates for over 20 years, still works out every day on her Pilates Pro Chair and at 71, is in better shape than some 20-somethings. And she just put her workout know-how to the test with her brand new endeavor — her own activewear line.

    The queen of daytime TV is launching her very first line of athletic wear with QVC called the Susan Lucci Collection, that features a mix of tanks, leggings and jackets (priced between $40-$70) that are all inspired by Lucci’s signature workout style.

    “It’s fan driven,” Lucci tells PEOPLE about the start of her new line. “I live in my activewear. I would go out to dinner with my husband in workout clothes, and people would compliment my outfit.”

    And it didn’t stop there. “During my Pilates Pro Chair segments viewers were asking what I was wearing and QVC heard that and now we’re responding to their requests by coming out with our own line,” says Lucci who regularly makes on-air appearances at QVC to promote the Pilates Pro Chair and her personal workout DVD, “Susan Lucci’s Favorite Moves.”

    Right away, Lucci knew her collection needed to address the main concern she has about buying pieces on TV — sizing. “I’ve been in the shoes of the consumer where I have purchased something from TV and I get it home and the sizing is not exactly what I thought it might be,” she says. “We tested it on models of different sizes, different ages and backgrounds and pieces fit the way they’re supposed to.”

    A great feature of the line is that it’s just not designed for people as petite as Lucci — it spans from XXXS to XXXL. “I can tell you from my own experience that every piece I have tried on the sizing has been what it’s supposed to be.”

    Ultimately, Lucci just wanted to create pieces that make women feel great. “I wanted all the fabrics and cuts to be figure-flattering, so you can feel good and look good while you’re trying to achieve your fitness goals.”

    She achieved that by paying close attention to design details and including longer hems on tanks that don’t show midriff (as seen in the Tank with Racer Back Stripes) and used design techniques like color blocking and ruching to flatter the waist (which you’ll find in the Colorblock Tank and Ruched Zip-Front Jacket).

    The line is built for women doing any type of excisse, though Lucci has been partial to Pilates for decades. “I started doing Pilates when I was in my mid 40s. I thought it was called ‘pie-lattes’ because I didn’t hear anyone talk about it, I just read about it. The All My Children studio was near Lincoln Center and I used to see all the ballerinas and the dancers and I thought I don’t want to bulk up, I want to have long, lean, toned muscles. And I found out that through Pilates you can achieve those strong, lean dancer muscles.”

    Now, we can all have that long, lean shape like Lucci with her flattering workout wear. The line launches on April 13 and Lucci will be on-air on QVC to kick it all off at 2 p.m. ET.

    Why Susan Lucci, 71, Wanted to 'Thank' the Paparazzi Who Photographed Her in Her Swimsuit

    (4/12/18) In February, paparazzi snapped Susan Lucci in a red-hot strapless bathing suit during her vacation in Barbados and it sent the internet into a frenzy. The 71-year-old soap opera star looked like no time has passed since her days as Erica Kane on All My Children. So when we recently caught up with Lucci, we asked her how she felt about all the attention the photos garnered.

    “I was so surprised, I didn’t know there were any paparazzi there,” Lucci tells PEOPLE, saying that once her friends texted her the photos circulating online she thought it was “so nice.”

    “I don’t know, this is probably not normal but then around day five I was looking for the paparazzi to thank them because they took really nice pictures,” the ever-gracious Lucci says.

    Despite wearing her strapless one-piece (by Eres — similar styles are still available to shop now), she says she still gets too timid to wear certain swimsuit styles. “I occasionally buy a bikini, but I’m too shy to wear it,” she reveals. “There are times we’re in a secluded place, and someone will come up to me on the beach. So I’m a one-piece person!”

    But even though she may not be comfortable wearing a certain bathing suit style, she encourages everyone to be open to trying new styles — no matter their age. “Sometimes we put artificial labels on ourselves and we think, ‘Oh this is appropriate’ and you can end up looking older than you are and nobody wants to do that. You don’t have to get doughty or suddenly because you have a new label on you, ‘Oh I’m 50 so therefore I have to be a certain thing. Follow your heart and look at your rear view as well as your front view!”

    For Lucci, she says she finds confidence by keeping the “inner monologue” she has with herself as positive as possible. “As women it’s easy to find the faults in ourselves. Be your own best friend: Don’t compare yourself [to others], and don’t be so hard on yourself.”

    Lucci is actually helping women feel more confident and stylish with her new figure-flattering activewear line for QVC, the Susan Lucci Collection.

    “I wanted all the fabrics and cuts to be figure-flattering, so you can feel good and look good while you’re trying to achieve your fitness goals.”

    Her collection of tops, leggings and jackets launch with Lucci making an on-air QVC appearance on April 13 at 2 p.m. ET.

    Justin And Chrishell Hartley Star In Indie Film

    (4/12/18) Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, Y&R et al) and wife Chrishell (ex-Jordan, DAYS et al) star in Another Time, a time-travel romance that will screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 28 as the fest’s Saturday Night Centerpiece. The film also features Mark Valley (ex-Jack, DAYS). Check out the trailer here.

    Michael B. Jordan Explains Why He Doesn't Want to Meet Michael Jordan -- Yet

    (4/10/18) Sharing a name with one of the most famous athletes of all time wasn’t always easy for Michael B. Jordan, but he found a way to turn his connection with the basketball legend into motivation.

    “I’m competitive. I want to compete in anything I do,” the Black Panther star, 31, told Men’s Health for their May cover story. “That came from my name. Growing up in sports and having a name like Michael Jordan and being teased, I had to compete. I couldn’t be the guy with the name and not be good at it. That carried over to everything. I’m like, I’ve got to be just as great if not greater than he was in his field.”

    Jordan still feels that competitiveness, and said he would not want to meet his NBA counterpart until he feels like they’re on more equal footing. “I never met Michael Jordan. I never want to officially meet him until I’m at a point where he knows who I am and I know who he is,” he explained. “And it would be our mutual respect thing. Until then it would just be a ‘this guy has your name, ha ha.’ I don’t want that. So that pushes me to keep working too. These things motivate me.”

    When Jordan was born in 1987, his namesake was already a budding star in the NBA and would go on to win the first of his five MVP awards the next year. But the actor’s name actually has nothing to do with the athlete — he was named after his father, Michael A. Jordan. “He didn’t really realize what he was going to put me through the first 26 years of my life,” Jordan told Jimmy Kimmel in 2013.

    Asked if sharing a moniker with Jordan is frustrating, the actor told the talk show host, “A little bit. It gets annoying.” Sometimes, Jordan said, people don’t believe that Michael Jordan is his real name. When one pizza shop over refused to place his order, Jordan said, “I actually went down there one time, slammed my I.D. on the counter. He gave me two free pizzas. It worked out.”

    Now, as one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars, Jordan is becoming a household name in his own right. He told Men’s Health that one of his main goals now is to ensure his success gets passed on to future generations. “Life is short, you know? I want to leave something behind,” he said. “A blueprint. A work ethic. Something that my great-grandkids and their kids and their kids can see: This is where it started. Lineage. Intergenerational wealth. Things that are here forever. All that.”

    Jordan, who earned rave reviews for his performance as the villainous Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, can next be seen in HBO’s Fahrenheit 451, which premiers May 19.

    Susan Lucci to Kick Off Signature Activewear Collection With QVC

    (4/10/18) (wwd.com) BEND AND STRETCH: While some might argue that being a leading soap opera star for 41 years requires a certain stamina, Susan Lucci will soon be showing off her flexibility with a new activewear collection with QVC.

    Set to debut April 13 with an hourlong show, the Susan Lucci collection will not be the former “All My Children” star’s first go-round with QVC. A big fan of the Life’s a Beach Inc. Pilates Pro Chair, she has been an on-air guest for a number of years selling the exercise equipment and shows her strength in the 28-minute “Susan Lucci’s Favorite Moves” video. Her QVC fans and ones from her Erica Kane days can soon dress the part, so to speak, buying the eight-piece activewear. Cropped printed leggings, a racer-back tank, a cap-sleeve rushed top and a colorblock hoodie are among the offerings. QVC reaches more than 360 million homes.

    “It’s appropriate for lunching with your friends, going to the shops, picking your children up from school and not missing a beat and traveling on a plane. And I travel a lot,” Lucci said. “QVC has put me together with a wonderful team, and boy do they get it because the fit is so important.”

    Far from acting athletic, the Emmy-winning Lucci said she has practiced Pilates for more than 20 years. “Like most women in modern times, time is our most precious commodity. And to get such a great workout with one piece of equipment that doesn’t take up much room and saves me time was a real plus — and the results.”

    After a number of fans reached out to Lucci through her social media asking about her on-air activewear, she discussed the prospect of her own collection with QVC executives and six months later the first line was produced. QVC’s vice president of buying for fashion Rachel Ungaro said, “She’s been involved in everything from picking the fabric to approving the final samples. It was super organic and born out of her desire to want to service her customer with things that she liked to wear when she works out.”

    Trent Garrett Guests On Splitting up Together 4/24/18

    (4/10/18) “Street Meat” – While Lena gets ready to go out on a first date with a handsome man whose sexual chemistry is undeniable, Martin finishes his dance lessons with Charlotte and attempts to try to fix things with Lena on what would have been their 16th wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, Mason is being teased by his friends for not being as sexually active as they claim to be; and to prove that she would be a good mom, Maya attempts to watch over Lena and Martin’s kids, with questionable results, on “Splitting Up Together,” TUESDAY, APRIL 24 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Splitting Up Together” stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Lindsay Price as Camille, Diane Farr as Maya, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.

    Guest starring are Trent Garrett as Wes, Kelsey Asbille as Charlotte, Jonah Beres as Jules, Joe Matthews as McManus, Izabella Alvarez as Hazel, Marco Khan as Amir, Victor Carrera as taco man and Jeff Bowser as Rudy.

    Morning Show Appearance

    (4/6/18) Today NBC

    Wednesday, April 11

    (9-10 a.m.) Megyn Kelly TODAY: Susan Lucci.

    National Women's History Museum and Omaze Make Women's History Matter

    (4/6/18) What do Ana Ortiz, Brianna Brown, Cindi Leive, Jackie Cruz, Jade Tailor, Jamie King, Kate Walsh, Keala Settle, Lisa Ling, Susan Lucci and Yvette Brown have in common?

    These talented actors and journalists have teamed up with the National Women's History Museum to launch their History Maker t-shirt campaign with the fundraising platform Omaze. Proceeds support the National Women's History Museum's efforts to educate, inspire, empower and shape the future by integrating women's distinctive stories into our nation's culture and history.

    "Our nation's greatest successes rest on American women's shoulders, and it's time to acknowledge their active roles in our history-the roles our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, granddaughters, daughters and nieces play in the workplace, community, and home," says National Women's History Museum Board Chair Susan D. Whiting. "We hope the Omaze campaign will help us bring to life a National Women's History Museum where visitors can expand their understanding of women's roles and leave with a more complete view of American history."

    How to Help: Join forces with these trailblazers, support this important cause and show what makes you a true history maker by purchasing your own shirt at www.omaze.com/historymaker.<

    About National Women's History Museum: The National Women's History Museum's vision is to build a world-class museum at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The National Women's History Museum currently raises awareness and honors women's diverse experiences and achievements through its dynamic online museum, K-12 educational programs, scholarship and research. Once housed prominently among the other great museums of Washington, D.C., it will create better understanding and greater partnerships among men and women. The National Women's History Museum will be the first museum in any nation's capital to show the full scope of the history of its women and will serve as a guiding light to people everywhere. For more information visit the National Women's History Museum.

    About Omaze: Omaze is an online fundraising platform that makes giving fun and easy by offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences and exclusive merchandise in support of critical causes. Our campaigns connect influencers, nonprofits, brands and donors to create lasting impact. In five years Omaze campaigns have raised funds and awareness for more than 220 charities and received donations from over 180 countries.

    Justin & Chrishell Hartley Mourn the Death of Their Dog, Memphis

    (4/5/18) Please join us in sending love to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Justin Hartley (ex-Adam), who is mourning the loss of his dog, Memphis. The actor, who now stars as Kevin Pearson on NBC's hit primetime drama THIS IS US, shared a montage of pics of the cute little pup on Instagram with a heartfelt farewell message. “For Memphis,” he wrote. “One of the funniest, toughest and sweetest animals I ever had the pleasure of loving. Thanks for making our lives better. I really wish we had more time. Rest in peace, little dude.”

    Hartley and then-fiancée Chrishell Stause (ex-Bethany, Y&R; Amanda, ALL MY CHILDREN) adopted Memphis along with Gracie at a rescue event on Dec. 28, 2016. Chrishell added some more details on her own Instagram. “Heartbroken to say Memphis went to heaven today,” she revealed. “His poor kidneys gave out and we are left with the love and memories he gave us in such a short time. He was 11 years old when we adopted him from Burbank Animal Shelter, so we didn’t know how long we would get to be his family but we know we would help make what time he had left the best we could. His personality was of a loving, sweet old man. He is dearly missed.”

    Our hearts go out to the Hartleys and their family during this difficult time.

    Jamie Luner's Sexual Assault Accuser Flagged for Filing Bogus Lawsuits

    (4/5/18) The man suing Jamie Luner for sexual assault is on a list in California exposing people who abuse the litigation system ... TMZ has learned.

    Anthony Oliver -- who claims the "Melrose Place" star drugged and raped him in 1998 when he was 16 years old -- is considered a vexatious litigant in the state ... according to court records. That means special approval is required by a judge before the courts have to accept any lawsuit he files.

    The reason -- Oliver has filed at least 22 wide-ranging suits over the past several years ... some of which have been deemed to be either unnecessary, frivolous or without merit. Here's a rundown of some of the parties Oliver has sued:

    -- County of Chatham, Georgia; claims he was beaten by a sheriff's deputy who used excessive force

    -- Target, Cox Communications and Premier Bankcard; claims former roommate stole his identity and racked up debt with these companies

    -- City of Oceanside; claims he was unlawfully arrested by cops who were harassing patrons, and they deleted his video footage of the incident and used excessive force

    -- Men's Wearhouse; claims text message ads are unlawful marketing and violates his privacy

    -- L.A. County, California Highway Patrol, T-Mobile, South Coast Medical Group and more for a variety of allegations

    We broke the story ... Oliver's suing Luner, claiming his experience with her in '98 messed up his life, and he filed a police report as well.

    Jamie's side says the allegations are "completely unfounded" and believes they are part of an extortion scheme ... and points to Oliver's long history of filing suits as proof.

    'Melrose Place' Star Jamie Luner Sued for $250 Million for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting 16-Year-Old

    (4/3/18) 7:04 PM PT -- Jamie's rep tells TMZ ... "All of these allegations are completely unfounded and we believe part of a targeted extortion scheme." The rep claims "Anthony Oliver has a history of filing lawsuits, and has filed 27 federal lawsuits in the past 8 years."

    "Melrose Place" star Jamie Luner has been sued for allegedly seducing a 16-year-old boy into a sexual act, and according to the lawsuit he was not her only victim. And ... he's suing for $250 million.

    Anthony Oliver claims back in 1998, he attended a house party thrown by Luner to celebrate the success of the show. He ended up at the party because Luner's makeup artist knew Anthony's brother and the makeup artist developed a crush on Anthony.

    Anthony says Luner saw him and called him "adorable." He says Luner asked if he wanted a drink, and he said he was only 16 but she had the makeup artist pour Anthony a Jack and coke. They drank and talked for 3 hours, went to her room, and he says she removed a small plastic bag of crystal meth from her purse.

    He says she told him, "It's going to make you real horny." He protested using the drug but instead asked for 2 Tylenols, which he says was laced with the crystal meth. His head began spinning and he says he became sexually aroused.

    The makeup guy told Luner, who was 26, to go to her room and put on her kitty cat outfit and went to a couch, and he says she began licking his neck, chest and arms and removed his belt, underwear and socks.

    He says she performed oral sex on him and took his penis out of her mouth and put it in the mouth of the makeup artist. He claims he ended up having sex with Luner multiple times, and claims she said, "come bend me over the couch and ram me."

    And there's this ... the plaintiff's brother had left the party, and when he returned he recorded Anthony and Luner having sex.

    Anthony says the experience messed up his life. The lawsuit says, "Plaintiff is left not knowing if he is attracted to men, women or both." He blames the experience for turning him into an alcoholic.

    According to the lawsuit, various young men came forward to the LAPD, claiming they were also sexually assaulted by Luner. He says 2 other men accused her of drug-induced sex.

    He's suing for sexual battery and emotional distress.

    Anthony has already filed a police report.

    We've reached out to Luner's rep ... so far, no word back.

    Kim Delaney Remembers Steven Bochco: “He Changed My Life”

    (4/3/18) There is no actor more closely associated with top TV producer Steven Bochco, who died Sunday, than Kim Delaney. She was a fresh-faced twentysomething when he gave her her first major primetime TV role, an arc on Season 2 of his NBC legal drama L.A. Law in 1987 as attorney Leslie Kleinberg. The same year, Bochco booked Delaney for a guest stint on another series he had on ABC, police comedy-drama Hooperman.

    Eight years later, Bochco brought Delaney onto ABC cop drama NYPD Blue, which he had created with David Milch, as Detective Diane Russell, a role that earned her three Emmy nominations and a win in 1997. Bochco went on to co-create a starring vehicle for Philadelphia native Delaney, the 2001 ABC drama Philly, which lasted one season but was well received by critics. Their collaboration continued through Bochco’s final series, TNT’s Murder In the First, on which Delaney did an arc two years ago.

    Like many who had been close to Bochco, Delanay was hit hard by the news of his passing after a long battle with leukemia. Here is what she wrote for Deadline about the three decades she had spent with him as her producer, friend and confidant and the best advice he gave her.

    Steven was so much to me. We were friends; it went way beyond the work.

    He believed in me from the start…

    1987 LA Law, Hooperman, then NYPD Blue, created Philly for me, Murder in the First.

    What made Steven special to me was not just him being a brilliant, Hollywood Legend; It’s him as a trusted friend, family man, confidante – always there for the good, the bad, and the ugly. All of it.

    I was at a major crossroads in my life. Steven sat with me and very gently said, “People say life is short…life is long. You can change at any time and make it what you want. Go live it.”

    Steven changed my life. He made me think, laugh, cry, do better, be better. My heart aches.

    Trent Garrett on Splitting Up Together 4/10/18

    (4/2/18) “Street Meat” – While Lena gets ready to go out on a first date with a handsome man whose sexual chemistry is undeniable, Martin finishes his dance lessons with Charlotte and attempts to try to fix things with Lena on what would have been their 16th wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, Mason is being teased by his friends for not being as sexually active as they claim to be; and to prove that she would be a good mom, Maya attempts to watch over Lena and Martin’s kids, with questionable results, on “Splitting Up Together,” TUESDAY, APRIL 10 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Splitting Up Together” stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Lindsay Price as Camille, Diane Farr as Maya, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.

    Guest starring are Trent Garrett as Wes, Kelsey Asbille as Charlotte, Jonah Beres as Jules, Joe Matthews as McManus, Izabella Alvarez as Hazel, Marco Khan as Amir, Victor Carrera as taco man and Jeff Bowser as Rudy.”Street Meat” was written by Brian Rubenstein, based on the Danish format by Meeta Heeno, and directed by Dean Holland.

    Trent Garrett on Splitting Up Together 4/17/18

    (4/2/18) “Soups Jealous” – Lena goes out on another date with Wes, whom she’s smitten with; but unbeknownst to her, Martin is doing his best to take care of a sick Milo. Meanwhile, Maya makes a decision on whether or not to become a single mother, on “Splitting Up Together,” TUESDAY, APRIL 17 (9:30-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Splitting Up Together” stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.

    Guest starring are Trent Garrett as Wes, Alice Lee as Grace and TJ Alvarado as Alejandro.

    ”Soups Jealous” was written by Brian Gallivan, based on the Danish format by Mette Heeno, and directed by Helen Hunt.

    ‘First Reformed’ Trailer: Ethan Hawke & Amanda Seyfried In Paul Schrader’s Crisis-Of-Faith Thriller

    (3/30/18) (Video) “Even a pastor needs a pastor.” Here’s the inaugural trailer for First Reformed, the thriller from writer-director Paul Schrader that sees Ethan Hawke have a crisis of faith after encouraging his son to join the military and then having to bury him six months later. “I know that nothing can change,” he says, “and I know there is no hope.”

    Here’s the logline: Reverend Ernst Toller (Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church now is a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. Also starring Cedric “The Entertainer” Keys, it’s about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

    A24 acquired the film after its debut at last year’s Venice Film Festival; it went on the screen at Telluride and Toronto. It opens May 18. Check out the trailer above.

    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos tormented after bikini photos

    (3/28/18) Kelly Ripa showed off her ripped abs in a bikini picture posted on Instagram by her husband, Mark Consuelos, who dubbed her “the sexy one.” But it didn’t take long for internet trolls to interject.

    Consuelos’ picture of Ripa sporting a sun hat and a two-piece bathing suit during their tropical vacation on Sunday drew hundreds of comments. Many questioned why the 47-year-old host of ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan” didn’t try to cover up more.

    “Kelly’s gorgeous, but isn’t there a cutoff age where age-appropriateness comes into play? Just because you can rock a bikini, doesn’t mean you should,” one Instagram user commented.

    The photo, some claimed, proves fame has “gone to her head.”

    “Not the sweet Kelly she was when she first started with Regis,” one user stated.

    Ripa fans were quick to shut down the haters, saying the photo, which received more than 70,000 likes, was a symbol of love between the pair and no one — at any age — should be critiqued for their body or style choices.

    “These are human beings, we are all human beings. If someone choose to show his wife or his foot or his face or his children, as long as they are not insulting or humiliating images, there is no reason to judge,” one Instagram user replied. “Women too often judge other women and people too often target people out of ignorance.”

    “The ones that tell your wife, she’s too old, she needs to eat, she has boy body, are the very same people that have a million insecurities,” another person wrote to Consuelos.

    But that didn’t stop Consuelos from posting more pictures on his Instagram story, with one simple word spread across the steamy photo: “Yep.”

    This isn’t the first time the couple has faced trolls.

    On March 9, Ripa posted a 2008 throwback picture of the pair, with the caption: “That other time we got fancy.”

    “Too bad he’s short when he tries to look taller. It looks funny. Just be who you are,” one woman commented, which has since been deleted, according to People magazine.

    “Please tell me how it is I can try to look taller,” Consuelos replied. “I’m dying to know.”

    Ripa added, “He’s tall where it counts, babe.”

    The couple has been married for more than two decades and are parents to Michael, 20, Lola, 16, and Joaquin, 15.

    Fahrenheit 451

    (3/24/18) HBO Films’ Fahrenheit 451, based on Ray Bradbury’s novel and starring Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), will premiere Saturday, May 19 at 8/7c.

    Matt Bomer buys out hometown theater for ‘Love, Simon’ screening

    (3/24/18) Matt Bomer and his husband, Simon Halls, bought out a movie theater in Bomer’s Texas hometown so that anyone who wants to see “Love, Simon” can watch it for free.

    “This is an important movie, and a really good one,” Bomer wrote on Instagram Thursday of the coming-out story. “I know you’ll love it so come watch for free this Sunday! #loveislove.”

    The 40-year-old actor bought out the AMC Spring 10 theater, located in the town of Spring, for the 4 p.m. screening on Sunday.

    “Love, Simon” stars Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as parents to high school student Simon, played by Nick Robinson, who struggles to come out as gay.

    Bomer told Out magazine last year that coming out to his parents was incredibly difficult given their conservative Christian values.

    “There was radio silence for a long, long time, at least six months,” he said. “And then I came home and we had the blowup that I’d always feared. But we got that out of the way, and we got down to the business of figuring out how to love each other. I would say within a matter of years we started to figure it out. It was a struggle.”

    Megan Fox & Josh Duhamel To Star In DDI’s ‘Think Like A Dog’

    (3/24/18) Transformer stars Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel are reuniting for the family film, Think Like A Dog, written and directed by Gil Junger (10 Things I Hate About You). The pic, which hails from Double Dutch International, follows 12-year- old tech prodigy, Oliver, whose science fair experiment goes awry and creates a telepathic connection between himself and his dog, Henry. The connection brings them even closer as the duo join forces to comically overcome complications of family and school.

    Fox and Duhamel will play Oliver’s parents in the film. Production is slated to commence May 2018 in New Orlean. Andrew Lazar, the producer of the family picture Cats & Dogs, is producing the project, which is planned as the first of three movies in the Dog’s Best Friend franchise. Exec producers are Robert Engelman, Cory Chen of M-Star International, Jason Moring and Stanley Preschutti of DDI.

    Fox is repped by ICM Partners along with Duhamel who is also repped by John Carrabino Management.

    Jacob Young Releases New Single

    (3/16/18) Jacob Young (Rick, B&B) has released a new song, “Fool For You.” He posted on Instagram, “ITS ARRIVED! I want to say a huge thank you to all the support y’all have given me! With out your kind words and belief in me, I’m not sure I would have had the courage to share my songs with you. I’m so blessed. I want to thank @christenyoung4 for helping me find the strength and showing me the way to happiness. A massive thank you to @thestevefreeman your amazing. @johnkennedyproductions And thank you to the big man upstairs! #foolforyou @cbstv @cbsdaytime @bold_and_the_beautiful @boldinsider.” You can download the song on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and Google Play.

    James Patrick Stuart Pens Heartfelt Goodbye to Beloved Family Pet

    (3/16/18) (Photo) It’s always difficult to say goodbye to a member of the family, but GENERAL HOSPITAL star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) shared a beautiful farewell message with a photo of his family’s beloved cat on Instagram. “Delilah was a rescue,” he wrote. “She’s been our good friend for 12 years and helped us raise our boys. She’s very sick and won’t be with us much longer, but I wouldn’t have changed a minute. #love”

    Stuart and his wife, Jocelyn, are both animal lovers, especially rescue animals like Delilah and their two puppies. “Wanted a retriever,” Stuart confided on Twitter, “but my wife wanted a Bijon. We compromised and got a Bijon. His name’s Flint and he’s a rescue.”

    The GH star also shared a video of a cockatiel named Mochi sitting on his knee in the living room as he tried to teach it to sing “Happy Birthday” to him (although it didn’t quite turn out as he’d hoped). He also posted another pic of a different bird just hanging out on his shoulder while he was trying to read his script!

    Pets are truly members of the family, and our thoughts go out to Stuart and his entire family during this difficult time.

    Josh Duhamel Calls Co-Star Jennifer Garner an "Incredible Woman"

    (3/15/18) Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner appeared to have bonded over their real-life roles as parents as they filmed their roles as a mom and dad in Love, Simon.

    The actor talked about their time working together in an interview with E! News' Zuri Hall at the premiere of the movie in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

    "Her kids weren't on set, neither were mine. We were only there for I think, a week and a half, two weeks, working, but I went to Jen a couple times asking advice on certain things and she's an incredible woman, she really is," Duhamel said. "She's very, very smart. She's a lot funnier than I think people realize."

    Duhamel and ex Fergie are parents to a 4-year-old son, Axl, who is two years younger than Garner and ex-husband Ben Affleck's youngest of their three children, son Samuel.

    During the interview, Duhamel also talked about how he reacts to romance rumors that inevitably pop up about him and his co-stars, including Garner.

    "It does truly amaze me what some of the things that are printed," he said. "It's like, how is that even legal? I try not to comment on it. It is what it is and it's part of the business. We're in the circus and that's part of being in the circus."

    In Love, Simon, Duhamel and Garner play the parents of a gay teenage son named Simon, played by Nick Robinson. Simon has kept his sexuality secret, even from his family. Meanwhile, he has fallen in love with a fellow, anonymous closeted classmate after exchanging emails with them. Then a blackmailer finds the emails and threatens to out Simon.

    Love, Simon is set for release on Friday.

    Matt Bomer on Making His Directorial Debut in American Crime Story: Versace: 'Can We Sympathize With a Monster?'

    (3/14/18) Wednesday’s episode of American Crime Story: Versace marks the directorial debut of actor Matt Bomer, who — at the risk of sounding “so 2018” — says he was “truly blessed” to get to work on the FX drama.

    “When Ryan Murphy called and asked me to do this — after I passed out, regained consciousness and said yes — I knew that it was a serious responsibility,” the actor tells TVLine. “I’d been offered directing jobs before, but they were jobs I was also acting in, and I wanted my first directing experience to be the full-meal deal. I wanted to really do it, to be on the location scouts and design meetings and castings and really have the full experience.”

    Before stepping behind the camera for his episode’s three-week shoot, Bomer says he read “more than 3,000 pages of material on directing,” met with film and TV directors for guidance, did an intensive at the Director’s Guild of America and shadowed two different directors on three episodes of Versace. To say that he did his homework would be an understatement.

    “I wanted the producers to know I was taking this seriously, that they weren’t just putting the camera in the hands of somebody who was just hoping to cruise by,” he says. “I called my representatives who were talking about acting jobs, and I told them, ‘Put everything on hold. This is what I’m doing, this is it.'”

    Bomer’s episode — which airs tonight at 10/9c — chronicles Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanan’s radically different upbringings, showing how “success brought out the worst in Andrew and the best in Gianni.”

    “We want to see [Andrew] as a three-dimensional human being,” Bomer says, “but the real challenge of this episode is: Can we sympathize with a monster and see that he was also a victim? We’re all ultimately responsible for the decisions we make and the actions we take, but this is someone who was near to violence at a very young age, who was treated like a spouse by both his mother and his father. The central question of this episode is: What makes one person a creator and one person a killer?”

    Location proved to be another challenge, as the characters’ parallel stories take place in “three different countries and five different cities,” all of which had to be recreated in the Los Angeles area. “And I had two child protagonists for the first half of the episode,” Bomer notes. “I was thrown a lot of the challenges you could have as a director, which I’m actually grateful for, because now I can check those off. When someone says I have to work with a kid, I can say, ‘Been there, done that.'”

    Bomer adds, “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be present for everything. It was very clear in the room when I was casting that Edouard Holdener was the right person to play young Andrew.”

    He also praises the work of Jon Jon Briones, the actor playing Andrew’s father, who was first brought to his attention by star Darren Criss and EP/writer Tom Rob Smith. “They’d seen him on Broadway in Miss Saigon,” he recalls. This was a guy who had been doing that show for over 20 years, but he was ready for this experience, and his audition was phenomenal. It’s a testament to Ryan Murphy that he’s willing to take a chance on new people who are ready for the experience and ready to serve the story in the best way possible.”

    Speaking of exceptional performances, Bomer says he feels “spoiled” that he had a front-row seat to Criss’ take on Andrew almost from the very beginning. “I knew Darren was a brilliant actor and a great artist, but there were times where I would watch him on camera and it was like he just suddenly was this person,” Bomer recalls. “It was bone-chilling to watch.”

    Still, it takes a village to put even a single episode of television together, and Bomer has a laundry list of people to thank: “The director of photography, Simon Dennis, was incredible; Jamie Walker McC